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Apple Watch Ultra: Everything you need to know

The Apple Watch Ultra is here! Here’s what you need to know.

The Apple Watch Ultra is designed for those who like adventures so it is rugged. Whether you’re a hiker, a scuba diver, a mountain climber, a long-distance athlete, or just excited about a bigger and better Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Ultra looks set to impress.

Apple Watch Ultra: Instead of rumors- Apple Watch Pro

Before the release of the Apple watch Ultra, we heard a rumor that said it will be called Apple Watch Pro. Now Apple Watch Ultra is the official name of the new device in the Apple lineup. 

Design Upgraded

The Apple Watch Ultra is designed to be tough.

The Apple watch Ultra is made from aerospace-grade titanium which is more durable than the previous models, at the same time keeping the weight light. Plus, it’s bigger as it has a 49mm case size. 

The entire watch is more durable, both the side of the case and the screen. The screen is a flat sapphire crystal front that offers better protection for the screen and is also brighter. The screen can shine up to 2000nits, making seeing the display in bright sunlight easier. Apple states it’s two times bright than any other Apple Watch display has been so far.

A new action button and bigger speaker

There is a new button on the other side of the Digital Crown. This is called the Action button, and it’s a customizable button that can offer one-touch access to a ton of features. Apple specifically mentioned the ability to start a workout or move to the next interval of a custom workout — a watchOS 9 (opens in a new tab) specific feature.

In addition, the button also works as a new bigger speaker grill that protects the speaker, which can let off an 86-decibel siren during emergencies to help you reveal your location to people nearby.

Apple Watch Ultra: The most rugged watch in the Apple lineup

As the most rugged Apple watch, the Apple watch Ultra can go where other models can’t go. Apple states, “on-wrist operating temperature was designed to help explore the most extreme and remote locations, from freezing cold mountains at -4° F (-20° C) to the blazing desert heat at 131° F (55° C).”

The Apple Watch Ultra is also certified for the “relevant aspects” of MIL-STD-810H, which include testing for altitude, low and high temperatures, rain, sand, freezing and thawing, and more.

Of course, it also features the function of waterproof as other models, and the Apple Watch Ultra is certified to WR100. Meaning surfing, waterskiing, and many other water sports are perfectly safe. Plus, Apple even states the Apple Watch Ultra is safe to use for recreational scuba diving up to 40 meters. 

New Features

Apple Watch Ultra gets a makeover

As mentioned, the new Apple Watch Ultra can dive to a depth of 40M. When submerged, the Apple Watch Ultra will automatically launch the new Depth app. The app will display the time, current depth, water temperature, duration underwater and maximum depth reached, so you can keep an eye on all the stats while enjoying your dive.

The compass app offers the best experience on the Apple Watch Ultra

To explore nature better, the Compass app has a huge upgrade on the Apple Watch Ultra to include the ability to add Waypoints. This will allow you to quickly mark locations, and the Waypoint complications will update in real-time to display your direction and distance. 

Upgraded Night mode see the display in the dark.

The beautiful large 2000-nit display on the Apple Watch Ultra can be very bright, but you can use the new night mode and the new Wayfinder watch face, which makes it easier to read in the dark. Turning the Digital Crown will activate Night mode and make your screen’s interface red. This should make it easier for your eyes to read in low-light conditions.

Replace Apple Watch Series 8

One thing needs to know is that the Apple Watch Ultra can do anything Series 8 can do. That means the new Crash Detection and temperature sensor are available on the Apple Watch Ultra. Plus, all the goodies like an always-on display, Blood Oxygen app, and ECG apps that you’ve come to know and love on the Apple Watch. 

Battery life

Any sports lovers need a smartwatch that can work for a long time. The Apple Watch Ultra can reach 36 hours of battery life with normal use. That’s about twice as much as the Apple Watch Series 8 can get with regular use, but it doesn’t stop there.

The previous models in low-power mode can only last for 18 hours while the Apple Watch Ultra in low-power mode can work for 36 hours or more further. Plus, a specific low-power setting can extend the battery life significantly by getting up to 60 hours on a single charge. However, it seems that the low-power setting will not be available at launch, and Apple says it will be available later this fall.

Processor and connectivity

The Apple Watch Ultra is equipped with the new S8 SiP advanced dual-core processor, the same as in the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE (2022) (opens in new tab). Apple states the processor should make the Apple Watch Ultra 20% faster than the previous S7 chip in previous smartwatch models.

As mentioned earlier, every Apple Watch Ultra has cellular included, meaning if you choose, you can use it entirely separate from your iPhone if you have a data plan.

Price and release date

Out of expectation, the Apple watch Ultra is more inexpensive. It’s $799 and all Apple Watch Ultra come with Cellular and GPS meaning you don’t have to worry about it costing more for you to use it without your iPhone around. 

Just like the Apple Watch Series 8, you can order the Apple Watch Ultra sometime today, presumably after the event; however, you do have to wait a bit longer to actually get it on your wrist. The Apple Watch Ultra will ship on Friday, September 23, 2022, when you should be able to pick it up in store. Of course, only for available stock.

What’s in the box?

The new Apple Watch Ultra ships with a braided Apple Watch to USB-C charger, according to Apple’s product page, the “What’s in the box” section. The Apple Watch Ultra is the first Apple Watch to ship with a uniquely braided cable.

The Apple Watch Ultra features an all-new design that’s more rugged with advanced health and fitness features for athletes, hikers, swimmers, and more.

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