Get ready for the Apple Watch Ultra, a premium smartwatch designed to withstand rugged environments and intense outdoor exercises.
Apple introduced the new Apple Watch at its Wednesday iPhone 14 event; it will go on sale on Sept. 23 starting at $799. The company also debuted the Apple Watch Series 8 and a second-generation Apple SE model, which both arrive on Sept. 16.
A Watch Designed to Push Boundaries
Apple Watch Ultra (Credit: Apple)
The Apple Watch Ultra is essentially a bulked-up version of the standard model with cutting-edge specs. The product has a larger 49mm case and boasts the brightest display on an Apple Watch, which can also switch into a night mode(Opens in a new window) for better visibility after the sun sets.
The watch is also thicker due to a bigger battery that can last up to 36 hours on a single charge, and 60 hours in a low-power mode.
To withstand scratches and dents, the watch’s casing is made of titanium while the front display cover is sapphire crystal. The product also features a second speaker and three microphones for better audio quality even in windy conditions.
In addition, the Apple Watch Ultra contains a customizable action button on the side, along with a larger crown, to make it easier to access the various apps on the device.
All Apple Watch Ultra models will come with a built-in cellular and a new dual-frequency GPS system that the company says is the most accurate ever. Apple also designed various bands for the watch, which can survive harsh environments, including deserts, cold mountains, and intense water sports.
“It’s the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet,” says Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams.
A Minor Upgrade for Apple Watch Series 8
Apple Watch Series 8 (Credit: Apple)
You won’t find any major upgrades in the Apple Watch Series 8, which also debuted on Wednesday. But the upcoming product will include a new temperature sensor that can help women track when they’re ovulating, along with an upgraded car-crash detection function for contacting emergency services.
The ovulation tracking works with the help of two new temperature sensors that’ve been added to Apple Watch Series 8 models. The feature promises to help women better track their menstrual cycles and make it easier to track ovulation while trying to conceive.
Ovulation tracking on Series 8 (Credit: Apple)
“Utilizing the new capabilities, users can receive retrospective ovulation estimates, which can be helpful for family planning,” Apple noted. “Temperature sensing also enables improved period predictions for users who menstruate.”
For privacy, cycle-tracking data is saved on the watch through end-to-end encryption. This prevents Apple itself from accessing the information.
Crash Detection on Series 8 (Credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Series 8 also gets two new motion sensors that can detect if the wearer has been in a car crash. “When Apple Watch detects a severe car crash, the device will check in with the user and dial emergency services if they are unresponsive after a 10-second countdown,” the company added.
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That said, Apple is indicating the Crash Detection and ovulation features are also coming to other watch products, including the Apple Watch Ultra and the second-gen Apple Watch SE.
The company is also preparing a new low-power mode, which can extend the watch’s battery life from 18 hours to up to 36 hours, by turning off non-essential features like the always-on display. But Apple said this new low-power mode will also roll out to older models, starting with the Apple Watch Series 4 devices running watchOS 9.
The Apple Watch Series 8 will start at $399.99 for the GPS model and $499 for the GPS+cellular versions.
Second-Gen Apple Watch SE
For consumers looking to spend less, Apple is also updating the Apple Watch SE series with a second-generation model that will go on sale for $249 for the GPS version and $299 for the cellular version. That’s a slight discount from the original $279 starting price.
To improve the product, the company has increased the size of the Apple Watch SE’s display by 30% over the Watch Series 3. The processor inside is also about 20% faster.
Pre-orders for all the upcoming Apple Watch products will start later today.
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