During today’s Apple event, the company unveiled the new Apple Watch model. The Apple Watch Ultra is intended for extreme sports and extreme temperature variations. The Apple Watch Ultra is the most rugged Apple Watch yet, thanks to a slew of new features. The model has a 49mm titanium case and the largest screen on any current Apple Watch, which is twice as bright as any previous Apple Watch display, according to Apple. Aside from the large screen, the Ultra has a larger grooved crown designed for users who wear gloves. The new customizable Action button on the side is now standard in the thematically appropriate International Orange. It also includes a second speaker and three microphones in total.
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Apple introduced a new watch face called Wayfinder with the watch, which features a variety of complications such as a customizable compass and altimeter. The Apple Watch Ultra has dual-band GPS on the inside, which Apple claims is the most accurate GPS of any sports watch. That’s beneficial for everything from urban exploration to exercise to wilderness trekking. The Ultra also has GPS backtracking in case the wearer becomes disoriented. The Apple Watch Ultra includes an improved compass app that allows the wearer to set waypoints and determine their exact heading. Apple claims that the Ultra will last 36 hours on a single charge. Apple will introduce an Extended option for up to a 60-hour battery later this fall.
An extreme Apple Watch
It isn’t an extreme watch unless it has some extreme bands. The Ultra is available with a wide range of band options for those who intend to wear their watch while surfing, diving, climbing, or participating in any number of extreme sports. The Alpine loop band is made of woven fabric and has a titanium hook. The new Ocean Band is made of a high-performance elastomer material that fits easily over a wet suit. Finally, Apple touts the Trail Loop as the thinnest Apple Watch band yet, made of a lightweight flexible elastic textile with a quick adjustment tab for easy fitment.
Apple claims the watch can withstand temperatures ranging from -4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The Ultra has an 86-decibel siren in case of an emergency. Apple has also included features that elevate the Ultra to the level of a high-tech dive watch, such as water resistance to 100 meters and EN13319 certification for dive computers and gauges. Cellular service is included with the Apple Watch Ultra, which starts at $799. The Apple Watch Ultra is now available for pre-order and will be available on September 23rd.