(Pocket-lint) — Apple doubled the number of Apple Watches at its event away in September 2022, announcing an updated Apple Watch Series 8, a new SE watch, and the most anticipated watch, the Apple Watch Ultra.
This new version of the Apple Watch takes the family in a new direction, wanting it to be the best sports watch out there, while still keeping all the Apple Watch features you know and love. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Release date and price
- Pre-Order 7 Sep 2022
- Available 23 Sep 2022
- From $799 / £849 / €999
The Apple Watch Ultra was announced on September 7th and is available for pre-order immediately. It will be available for purchase from September 23.
In terms of price, the rugged Apple Watch model is more expensive than the standard Watch Series 8 — twice the price. It starts at $799 in the US and goes to £849 in the UK. It costs 999 euros in Europe.
Design and display
- 49 x 44 x 14.4 mm, 61.3 grams
- Titanium body and rim
- Large screen 49 mm
- Action buttons
The rugged Apple Watch model has a 49mm titanium metal casing and has a slightly sophisticated design compared to the Apple Watch 8 series. The rectangular case remains with curved corners and rounded edges, but there’s a lot more to the Apple Watch Ultra.
The screen is completely flat, not slightly rounded like the Series 8, where titanium forms a frame around the screen to protect it. On either side of the Watch Ultra, the digital crown and button are on a raised element, while the action button is orange on the other side. It is designed to be easier to use with gloves.
The Watch Ultra is designed for extreme sports and features an improved WR100 rating – or water resistance to 100 metres. Also tested on MIL-STD 810H and features IP6X dust protection. The Apple Watch Ultra also carries EN13319 certification, which means you can use it as a diving watch.
The screen is protected by a flat sapphire crystal, and it’s the brightest display on the Apple Watch to date, peaking at 2,000 nits. It’s the largest at 49mm as well, at 410 x 502 pixels, so it’s a lot bigger than other Apple Watch models.
There are a range of custom-made straps for the Watch Ultra, including the Ocean Loop, Trail Loop and Alpine Loop, all designed to cater to specific sports – and to make sure the Watch Ultra looks great on your wrist.
- GPS dual frequency
- Depth gauge and water temperature sensor
- Heart rate and blood oxygen sensor
- Dual speakers and 3 microphones
- Fault detection
In addition to offering the features you’ll find on any other Apple Watch, there’s a whole host of add-ons to serve those in the great outdoors — or just to enjoy sports. One of the big features is the dual-frequency GPS. This offers both L1 and L5 GPS, the first being what you’ll find on other Apple Watch models. The goal of offering two bands is to boost GP signal reception wherever you are, whether it’s in an open country or in city centers where GPS is less reliable.
To support the Watch Ultra as a diving watch, there’s an Oceanic+ app that you can download to work as your dive PC, but there’s also a dipstick app that will open automatically when you go into deep water – and a water temperature sensor.
Of course you get all the other sensors — heart rate, ECG, body temperature — but the Watch Ultra is also enhanced with dual speakers and three beamforming microphones, meaning it can handle calls in extreme conditions. There are also sirens that you can use to get attention. As another safety feature, it also features fault detection as found in the new Apple Watch 8 and SE.
All Watch Ultra models come with LTE, so you can always be connected.
Specifications and hardware
- S8 SiP, with W3 and U1
- LTE, UWB
- Battery life 36 hours
The Apple Watch runs on the S8 chip, with W3 wireless and U1 UWB chips for connectivity. As mentioned, all models will have LTE, but the biggest thing here is battery life.
In a larger case, you get the chance for more battery and that’s what you get. The Apple Watch Ultra has the largest battery of any Apple Watch, so it offers the best battery life. That’ll give you 36 hours of charge once, which Apple says you’ll be able to do an Iron Man distance event that will fully track GPS with this watch.
In power saving mode, you will get up to 60 hours of usage.
Apple Watch Ultra rumors: What happened before the launch?
Here’s a timeline of all the leaks ahead of the Apple Watch Ultra launch.
September 6, 2022: Apple Watch Pro design revealed in stunning CAD images
91Mobile has posted some CAD renderings of what is claimed to be the Apple Watch Pro, which features an exyra button on the left edge, which is said to be programmable.
September 5, 2022: Apple Watch Pro details leaked ahead of launch
Gurman mentioned a number of details surrounding the Watch Pro in his Power On newsletter.
August 24, 2022: Apple confirmed the September 7 launch date
Apple sent out invitations to the media to attend the launch event on September 7.
August 18, 2022: Mark your calendars, Apple iPhone 14 is likely to launch on September 7
Mark Gorman reports that a reliable source said that the iPhone 14 will be launched on September 7, which is also expected for the Apple Watch.
July 25, 2022: Apple Watch Pro model will get a bigger ‘new look’
Mark Gorman has reported a number of additional details about the expected design of the high-end Apple Watch Pro model.
July 11, 2022: Will Apple’s extreme sports smartwatch be called the Apple Watch Pro?
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has a rugged Apple Watch that can be called the Appel Watch Pro, and it will distinguish itself with a larger, more shatter-resistant display, a more robust body with a durable non-aluminum chassis and a longer battery life. He also says it will feature improved swimming and hiking tracking.
July 7, 2022: Apple Watch Series 8 is durable with a larger screen, battery, and a stronger metal case
Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman has reported more details about the rugged Apple Watch, claiming it will have a larger screen, a more solid case, and a larger battery.
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June 28, 2022: Apple Watch Series 8 will join new rugged SE models
March 26, 2021: Apple is considering the 2021 launch of the ‘Explorer Edition’ watch designed for extreme conditions and athletes
A report from Bloomberg notes that discussions about the sports-focused Apple Watch have taken place — and it points to a launch in 2021 or 2022.
Written by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Chris Hall.