Apple’s September 2022 iPhone event has come and gone, but you will agree with me that the Apple Watch Ultra was among the device that stole the show. The Apple Watch Ultra is a new class of wearables suitable for adventurers, divers, and extreme sports fans. Even if you think you might not need it, there are compelling reasons that will trigger you into having a second thought. These are what I will be unleashing in this post.
10 Apple Watch Ultra Features That Will Make You Want to Buy it
The following are 10 distinctive features or specs of the Apple Watch Ultra that will serve as a compelling reason for you to buy it.
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36 Hours Battery Life
It is obvious that the Apple Watch Ultra is the biggest Apple Watch the company has ever made. This creates a room that houses the battery. Apple has been able to increase the standard battery life on a single charge, this rises from 18 hours on the Series 8 to 36 hours on the Ultra. In addition to this, with the arrival of a new battery optimization feature in 2022, we could see as much as 60 hours on a single charge.
Large 49mm Case with a Better Display
The Apple Watch Ultra comes with a new 49mm case (which is up from the 41mm and 45mm options available for the standard Series 8). Also, the new wearable features a new flat sapphire front crystal display which Apple claims it will serve as better protection for the glass.
The Apple Watch Ultra also gives you 27% more screen area than the Apple Watch SE, but only 7% more than the Series 8, which now has an edge-to-edge display with tiny bezels. If you think the Apple Watch Series 7 or 8 is big, wait till you lay your hands on the latest Ultra. In addition to the width, the Apple Watch Ultra is also thicker and heavier than the Series 8.
Rugged Titanium Body
If you love the Apple titanium finish of the Series 7 and earlier versions, you might be disappointed to see that the Series 8 only comes in Aluminum and stainless steel. If you love a titanium watch, then it is time to upgrade to the expensive Apple Watch Ultra. The Ultra has a design overhaul with new edges to protect the display from knocks, flat glass, and a larger notched Digital Crown for easier use while wearing gloves. The new design of the Ultra looks a bit more aggressive and sporty (little wonder, it is also known as the Apple Watch Ultra sport band), though it remains practical in terms of its intended use.
Three New Bands
The new Watch Ultra is compatible with existing Apple Watch bands. In addition to this, Apple has designed three new bands for the Apple Watch Ultra, each having a particular activity in mind. Let me introduce you to the three new bands.
Alpine Loop: this is a band that Apple has designed for outdoor adventures, and it is comfortable and rugged. It uses a titanium fastener that Apple calls the “G-hook” to secure the watch to your wrist. It is available in dark green, bright orange, and off-white “starlight” finishes.
Trail Loop: this is a light and stretchy band designed for “endurance athletes”. You can easily slip it on or off and make small adjustments using the vector design. Apple said that this is the thinnest band they have ever designed. It is available in blue-gray, black-gray, and yellow-beige finishes.
Ocean Band: the rubberized Ocean Band is designed for water sports like swimming and diving. It has an adjustable, titanium buckle for a secure yet comfortable fit. The band was designed in such a way that it can stretch and flex, which is perfect for slipping over a wet suit. The ban is available in midnight black, white, and yellow finishes.
More Accurate GPS Performance
This means more accurate metrics about your performance, which is why Apple has included dual-frequency (L1 and L5) GPS functionality in the Apple Watch Ultra. The newly introduced L5 GPS frequency provides better performance in sub-optimal conditions where trees, tall buildings, or denser bushland can interfere with reception.
100m Water Resistance
The Apple Watch Ultra doubles the 50m water resistance found on the Series 8 to 100m. it is complete with a depth gauge (on the Depth app) and water temperature sensor. The watch also has IPX6 dust resistance against particle ingress.
A Dedicated Action Button
Adding a new button on the left side of the Apple Watch Ultra is the most radical design decision Apple made. The button is called the “Action button”. The button has been programmed to do a variety of things, which includes controlling your current workout, setting a compass waypoint, starting specific apps, setting your heading during a dive, and lots more.
A Siren to Draw Attention
Once you press and hold the Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra, it will trigger an 86-decibel siren. This is ideal for attracting attention when you think you are in danger or in need of help.
Cellular as Standard
Using an Apple Watch Ultra, you will not need to decide whether or not to opt for the cellular model since cellular is included as a standard. You have to ensure that your carrier of choice supports the service, and you will be charged a small extra fee per month to use it.
A Dive Computer on Your Wrist (Coming Later)
Apple promised to launch an app called Oceanic+, which requires a subscription and turns your Apple Watch Ultra into a dive computer on your wrist. It is rated for scuba and free diving down to 40 meters, and it allows you to plan your dive, get instructions and warnings, and see post-dive data that is saved to your logbook.
Note: you do not necessarily need to use Oceanic+ to make use of your Apple Watch Ultra underwater, though, as the new Depth app is included on all models and is ideal for swimming. You can use it to see how far you have dived and how long you have spent underwater.
Although the Apple Watch Ultra is desirable, the Apple Watch Series 8 is still a good fit for most use cases. It is cheaper, lighter, packs in new temperature and sensors for use with Crash detection, and it has more color options plus available bands. You can check it out RIGHT HERE.