Apple Watch Ultra has a fresh, daring look and a wealth of capabilities designed for endurance, exploration, and adventure, according to Apple. The 49mm titanium casing and flat sapphire front crystal of the Apple Watch Ultra reveal the largest and brightest Apple Watch display to date. Access to a variety of helpful functionality is made quick and easy with a personalized Action button. The battery life of the Apple Watch Ultra is the longest of any Apple Watch, lasting up to 36 hours with typical use. A new low-power mode can increase battery life to up to 60 hours, making it perfect for multi-day excursions. With a compass integrated into the dial and room for up to eight complications, the Wayfinder watch face was created exclusively for the bigger Apple Watch Ultra display. Three new bands are also included with the Apple Watch Ultra: the Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, and Ocean Band. Each band has a special design element that ensures a snug fit for every trip. Orders for the Apple Watch Ultra are open. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UAE, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as more than 40 additional countries and territories, may purchase the Apple Watch Ultra for $799.
“Inspired by explorers and athletes from around the world, we created an entirely new category of Apple Watch designed for new and extreme environments — it’s the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Ultra is a versatile tool that empowers users to push their boundaries with adventure, endurance, and exploration.”
The Apple Watch Ultra offers the ideal blend of weight, toughness, and corrosion resistance thanks to its construction from aerospace-grade titanium. The Retina display, which is up to 2000 nits brighter than any Apple Watch display to date, is shielded by the casing, which rises up to round the sides of the flat sapphire front crystal. Workouts, Compass Waypoints, Backtrack, and other functions are all instantly accessible via the new Action button, which is a high-contrast international orange color. The Apple Watch Ultra has three built-in microphones that consistently improve the audio quality of spoken calls. By recording voice and removing ambient background noise, an adaptive beamforming technique achieves a remarkable level of clarity. Apple Watch Ultra uses cutting-edge wind noise-reduction methods, including machine learning, to make calls clear and understood in windy environments.
The Trail Loop band is the thinnest Apple Watch band to date and was created especially for endurance athletes and runners. The handy tab is made for quick and simple adjustment, and the thin, soft, and flexible woven fabric allows it to be cinched to the perfect fit. The Alpine Loop band has two interwoven layers manufactured from one continuous weaving process, which removes the need for sewing and is designed with adventurers in mind. The titanium G-hook fastener is attached securely to the top loops, which are adjustable and interlaced with high-strength yarn.
With a titanium buckle and accompanying spring-loaded loop, the Ocean Band is particularly intended for extreme water activities and leisure diving. It is made of a flexible fluoroelastomer that stretches and uses tubular design for a secure fit. The Ocean Band also includes an extra-long tail that may be worn comfortably over a wetsuit.
L1 and L5, as well as new location algorithms, are integrated into the precise dual-frequency GPS for the first time ever in an Apple Watch. The most precise GPS available on an Apple Watch is included in Apple Watch Ultra, which gives users the most exact distance, pace, and route statistics for training and competition. Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, Vertical Oscillation, and Running Power are just a few of the new sophisticated running measures included in watchOS 9, the operating system that powers the Apple Watch Ultra. The bigger display of the Apple Watch Ultra allows for the display of six metrics simultaneously, making it the only Apple Watch that can. New Workout Views like Segments, Splits, and Elevation deliver crucial stats at a glance.
With a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride, and a 26.2-mile full marathon, the Apple Watch Ultra offers adequate battery life for the majority of users to finish a long-course triathlon. With tools like Pacer, Custom Workouts, Heart Rate Zones, and Race Route—which will be available later this year—users may advance their training. The new Multisport exercise has autodetection so that you may transition between routines with ease for triathlons, duathlons, or sports that involve any combination of swimming, biking, or running.
In watchOS 9, the Compass app has had a full overhaul and now offers three different perspectives and more detailed information. The software presents a brand-new hybrid view that combines a digital view with an analog compass dial. A second view that contains latitude, longitude, elevation, inclination, and an orienteering view with Compass Waypoints and Backtrack may be accessed by turning the Digital Crown. Marking a place or point of interest within the app is simple and quick using Compass Waypoints. A waypoint is dropped by pressing the Action button or hitting the Compass Waypoint icon, and it may be changed by tapping the corresponding icon that displays. The direction of the waypoint as well as the approximate distance are dynamically updated in real time by the Compass Waypoint complication.
If a user becomes lost or disoriented and needs assistance retracing their travels, Backtrack may be used to establish a trail using GPS data that shows where they have been. When off the grid, it has the ability to activate itself autonomously in the background. Users may rapidly drop a Compass Waypoint and initiate or see a Backtrack with a single click of the Action button. In the event that users become disoriented or hurt, an 86-decibel siren is intended for emergencies and may be used to bring attention to a specific area. Two separate alternating rhythms make up the distinctive sound signature, which can continue for up to many hours. While the second replicates the widely known SOS pattern, the first pattern conveys distress. Battery life may be increased to up to 60 hours for multi-day hiking journeys by utilizing Low Power Mode with an extra low-power setting that limits the frequency of GPS and heart rate readings.
From the very frigid mountains at -4° F (-20° C) to the scorching desert heat at 131° F (55° C), the on-wrist operating temperature was created to aid in exploring the most severe and inaccessible regions. 4 The MIL-STD-810H standard, which is used for military equipment and is well-liked by producers of tough equipment, has been approved for the Apple Watch Ultra in the pertinent areas. A variety of conditions are tested for, including low pressure (altitude), high temperature, low temperature, temperature shock, contamination by fluids, rain, humidity, immersion, sand and dust, freeze/thaw, ice/freezing rain, shock, and vibration. When utilizing the Wayfinder face in the evening, the interface is optimized for evening lighting by making the Digital Crown red for improved visibility in the dark.
With the new Oceanic+ app, Apple Watch Ultra is made for water sports, including extreme ones like kitesurfing and wakeboarding as well as recreational scuba diving to 40 meters. Apple Watch Ultra is WR100 approved to enable these scuba diving excursions. The Apple Watch Ultra has also received certification to EN 13319, a widely accepted standard for dive gear such as depth gauges that are used by recreational divers all over the world. Apple Watch Ultra has a Depth app with an elegant user interface that makes use of a new depth gauge. The Depth app provides quick access to time, current depth, water temperature, time spent underwater, and maximum depth attained. Users may configure the Action button to open the Depth app right away. The app provides dive planning, easy-to-read dive data, visual and tactile alarms, no-decompression limit, ascending rate, and safety stop assistance, as well as the Bühlmann decompression algorithm. Oceanic+ also includes a personalized user profile, current and local diving conditions reports, and a dive logbook that can be shared with family and friends and instantly syncs to iPhone.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Apple to combine our world-renowned expertise in scuba with the unique capability of Apple Watch Ultra to turn the same everyday watch into an innovative dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “With Oceanic+, Apple Watch Ultra users can enjoy a new and enriched experience during scuba activities.”
The heart rate tracking, ECG and Blood Oxygen applications, Activity rings, Mindfulness, extra health, safety, and navigation functions, as well as other features that have helped Apple Watch become the world’s best-selling smartwatch, are all included in Apple Watch Ultra. With its cutting-edge new temperature-sensing technologies, Apple Watch Ultra offers more information about the health of women. Bias from the external environment and the body itself are reduced by the innovative two-sensor design. Due to its unique two-sensor setup, it is less skewed by both the environment outside and the body itself. Users may now obtain retroactive ovulation estimations using the new features, which might be useful for family planning. 6 For people who menstruate, temperature sensing also offers better period forecasts. 7 Users of Cycle Tracking can now get notifications with iOS 16 and watchOS 9 if their registered cycle history indicates a potential departure, which may be a sign of underlying medical issues.
With its Crash Detection feature, the Apple Watch is able to identify a serious auto accident using two new motion sensors and a cutting-edge sensor-fusion algorithm. After a 10-second countdown following the detection of a serious auto accident, Apple Watch will check in with the user and call emergency services if they are not responding. The user’s device location will be shared with emergency contacts and emergency personnel.
A minimum amount of environmental impact is intended for the Apple Watch Ultra. It has 100% recycled rare earth components in all of the magnets, 100% recycled tungsten in the Taptic Engine, and recycled gold plating on many printed circuit boards, all of which are firsts for Apple Watch. There are no beryllium, mercury, BFR, PVC, or arsenic in the display glass of the Apple Watch Ultra. Since the Apple Watch package does not have any outer plastic wrap and is made up of at least 98 percent fiber, Apple is coming closer to achieving its goal of eliminating plastic from all of its packaging by 2025. Apple already operates carbon-neutrally on a worldwide scale and aspires to achieve complete carbon neutrality throughout the whole manufacturing supply chain and the entire product life cycle by the year 2030. This means that every Apple product sold will have a net-zero climate effect, from component production to assembly to shipping to customer usage to recycling to material recovery.
Every single Apple feature was developed with privacy as its central tenet. When an iPhone is protected with a password, Touch ID, or Face ID, all of the user’s health and fitness data in the Health app, except Medical ID, is encrypted. Any Health data that is backed up to iCloud is secured both during transmission and while it is kept on Apple servers. When using iOS or watchOS with the default two-factor authentication and a passcode, health app data synced to iCloud is encrypted end-to-end, preventing Apple from viewing the data as Apple lacks the key to decode it.