Apple today announced the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra at its Wonderlust launch event. It’s called the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and looks quite similar to the first-generation wearable while bumping the internals.
The Watch Ultra 2 retains its original rugged design while packing the latest S9 SiP, which also powers the new Series 9. It brings advanced features, including on-device Siri processing, more accurate dictations, and more precise location tracking, thanks to the second-generation ultra wideband. There’s also a new “double tap” gesture which lets you perform certain tasks like answering a phone call by simply tapping your index finger and thumb together.
Apple says the Ultra 2 is the brightest Apple Watch the company has made. It has a peak brightness of 3,000 nits, which is 50 percent brighter than its predecessor, and can go as low as 1 nit when required. There’s a new “Modular Ultra” watch face which makes use of the larger display by presenting real-time data, including seconds, altitude, or depth on the outermost edge. Furthermore, the Depth app can now automatically log past dives so you can track depth history for underwater activities.
The Ultra 2 has the same 36-hour battery life on regular use, and 72-hour battery life in low-power mode. The wearable runs on watchOS 10 which itself brings a myriad of new features. Apple is also offering select carbon-neutral models of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 along with the new FineWoven luxurious watch bands, moving away from leather. Preorders for the $799 Apple Watch Ultra 2 begin today, with availability beginning September 22.