Today, Apple announced the release of two new smartwatches, the Apple Watch 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is designed for extreme activities and is the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet. Here are some of the features that these new smartwatches offer.
Apple Watch 9 Features
The Apple Watch 9 is the latest addition to the Apple Watch series. While not as rugged as the Apple Watch Ultra 2, it still has some impressive features. This device has a new UWB chip for better location tracking. Even more precisely, you can still find and ping your associated iPhone. Furthermore, the HomePod speaker integration is improved.
This smartwatch comes with a new S9 system in package (SiP) that offers 60% more transistors than its predecessor, the S8 series chip. Its GPU is 30% faster and it comes with a new 4-core NPU. With these upgrades, we expect the OS operation to speed up.
The new S9 chipset enables Siri requests to be processed locally, leading to substantially quicker outcomes since there is no need to send them to the cloud and back. Apple also guarantees voice dictation that is 25% more accurate. It is now simpler than ever to check on your important metrics thanks to Siri’s access to your Health data.
Possibly the most impressive new feature on the Series 9 is Double Tap. With your thumb and index finger, you can activate the Apple Vision Pro headset with this unique pinch gesture. It operates by using the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to detect variations in your blood flow. You can pick up or end calls using Double Tap, as well as play/pause music, snooze alarms, cycle through widgets, and more.
Design and appearance
In terms of design, the Watch S9 features an aluminium and stainless steel body and runs WatchOS 10. For the aluminium version, you can choose between starlight, midnight, silver, (PRODUCT)RED, and pink. There are also options for the stainless steel variant including Silver, Gold, and Graphite. The 41mm and 45mm sizes of the Apple Watch Series 9 are available with Bluetooth and cellular trimmings. The display now has the ability to dim to 1 nit when you don’t want to startle yourself in the middle of the night and reach a peak brightness of 2000 nits. In terms of battery life, Apple claims that this device offers up to 18 hours of battery life.
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In addition to the watch, Apple also released a watch strap made with FineWoven material. With those build materials, the Apple Watch 9 series is fully carbon neutral. In terms of price, the company announced that the Watch 9 series will commence pre-orders today and it costs $399. The company will officially commence sales on September 22.
Apple Watch Ultra 2 Features
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is designed for adventurers and athletes who need a watch that can keep up with their active lifestyle. It features a 49mm titanium case and a flat sapphire front crystal that reveals the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet. The watch also has a customizable Action button that offers instant access to a wide range of useful features.
The new UWB chip for enhanced location tracking is included with the Apple Watch Ultra 2, coupled with the same new Apple S9 SiP and Double Tap gesture capabilities. This Watch also has a 1.92-inch LTPO OLED display, which now produces a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits.
Battery, Software & Price
Similar to its predecessor, the battery life is rated at 36 hours, but it can now be extended to 72 hours in low-power mode. The Modular Ultra watch face that comes with Watch Ultra 2 uses the display’s outer border to give users the most information possible. The ambient light sensor can now be used to automatically activate night mode. For reliable results, you can now connect through Bluetooth with cycling accessories like power metre pedals thanks to WatchOS 10.
The Apple Watch 2 will start pre-orders today and it is selling for $799. On September 22, open sales begin. The Alpine Loop (blue, indigo, olive), Trail Loop (orange/beige, green/grey, blue/black), and Ocean Band (blue, orange) all received new band colours from Apple.
The Apple Watch 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 are two new smartwatches that offer a range of features for different types of users. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is designed for adventurers and athletes who need a watch that can keep up with their active lifestyle, while the Apple Watch 9 comes with top-notch features like the improved chip and double tap feature.