10 October 2022
Apple has launched the Apple Watch Ultra as its biggest and most feature-rich smartwatch yet. It is a rugged smartwatch specifically aimed at people who indulge in outdoor activities, extreme sports, and adventures. It is a completely different offering from what we get with Apple Watch Series 8 and the new Apple Watch SE.
The first thing that you will notice straightway is its size. The Apple Watch Ultra has a 49mm case made out of aerospace-grade titanium. It has the biggest display on an Apple Watch so far along with an Always-On Display and 2,000 nits of peak brightness. There is an additional speaker and a new remappable Action button on the left side. This can button can be mapped to trigger a particular function/workout as per the user's preference. On the right, you will find the usual home button and redesigned Digital Crown.
The extra speaker is capable of producing siren sound at 89 decibels. It will be useful in emergency situations and help others to locate you. The crown and buttons on the watch are designed to be used with gloves on. There are three microphones that will allow you to be heard even in windy conditions.
It is the first Apple Watch to feature dual-frequency GPS with support for both L1 and L5 frequencies. It will essentially help users get more accurate location tracking. Apple is claiming the watch will last for up to 36 hours under normal usage and up to 60 hours through low power settings. The good thing is that GPS and heart-rate monitoring will continue to work under low power mode.
Compass Waypoints feature (available on watchOS 9) will allow users to quickly mark points of interest on the map. If you ever feel you have lost your way, you can use the Backtrack feature to retrace your steps. Apple has introduced a new Watch Ultra exclusive watch face called Wayfinder. It has an in-built compass along with support for adding up to eight complications.
The Apple Watch Ultra can be used in temperatures between -20° C and 55° C. It features MIL-STD-810H certification and can withstand Low Pressure (Altitude), High Temperature, Low Temperature, Temperature Shock, Contamination by Fluids, Rain, Humidity, Immersion, Sand and Dust, Freeze/Thaw, Ice/Freezing Rain, Shock, Vibration, and more. For those who love water sports, the smartwatch can be used for kitesurfing and wakeboarding, along with recreational scuba diving to 40 meters with the new Oceanic+ app.
There are three special bands called Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, and Ocean Band. The Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799 with pre-orders already going on. It will start shipping on September 23rd i.e. after two weeks from today.