When it comes to watches, Apple doesn’t just tell the time. The tech brand today announced the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9. Both new watches will be powered by Apple’s S9 SiP and a U2 ultra wideband location chip. This enables new advanced features such as on-device Siri processing and precise location tracking.
On-device Siri processing allows users to perform tasks simply by asking Siri and most importantly, retrieve Health data. For those who often misplace their devices, the new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 now allows for precision finding of nearby Apple devices with better range.
Apple is also bringing the double tap gesture to the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2. The double tap gesture is convenient for when your other hand is occupied and helps users to take phone calls, click a picture from the iPhone, stop a timer, play or pause music, snooze an alarm and more just by double tapping their index finger and thumb together. The Double Tap gesture makes interacting with the watch faster, easier and more convenient whether you’re up in the mountains or in the comforts of your bedroom.
New to the Watch Ultra 2 is a brighter display of 3000 nits – the brightest Apple has ever created – and a new modular watch face with an automatically activated night mode. The Ultra Watch 2 runs for 36 hours on single charge, or 72 hours in low power mode. The biggest changes in the Ultra Watch 2 is also supported by the new watchOS 10 which brings widgets, redesigned app icons and new mapping and cycling features to the watch. The Watch Ultra 2 retails at S$1,199.
As for the Watch Series 9, it will feature an always on retina display that goes up to 2000 nits – double the brightness of Series 8 – and can go down to 1 nit, the new Apple Watch Series 9 display can be easily viewed outdoor or when in dark rooms like a movie theatre.
The Apple Watch Series 9 comes in Pink, Starlight, Silver, Midnight and Product Red aluminium casings, and in Gold, Silver and Graphite steel casings. It is priced from S$599.
Apple will continue to sell the Watch SE from S$379. All the new watches will be available from 22 September 2023.