TL;DR: Apple introduces the Apple Watch Ultra 2, a rugged smartwatch with improved performance, a new double tap gesture, and a major environmental milestone. This model offers a range of upgrades, including the powerful S9 SiP chip, a brighter display, extended altitude range, and on-device Siri capabilities. For the first time, customers can choose a carbon neutral option, aligning with Apple’s ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Apple takes a leap forward in smartwatch technology with the introduction of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, a robust and capable device packed with a slew of performance upgrades and an impressive environmental milestone.
Enhanced Performance with S9 SiP
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 boasts the new S9 SiP chip, Apple’s most powerful watch chip to date. This custom silicon powers a range of systemwide improvements and introduces the intuitive double tap gesture. The chip also includes a 4-core Neural Engine, offering faster machine learning tasks compared to the original Ultra.
Introducing the Double Tap Gesture
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 brings a new level of user interaction with the introduction of a double tap gesture. This feature allows users to control the device using just one hand without touching the display. It facilitates a seamless experience for common actions and opens up new possibilities for navigation.
A Brighter Display for Greater Readability
The Ultra 2’s advanced display architecture enables a maximum brightness of 3000 nits, 50 percent brighter than its predecessor. This makes the Ultra 2’s display not only the brightest in Apple’s lineup but also exceptionally clear in harsh sunlight. The display can also be adjusted to one nit for unintrusive use in low-light environments.
Modular Ultra Watch Face
Designed specifically for the Ultra 2, the Modular Ultra watch face maximizes the use of the large display, providing real-time data at a glance. It offers a high level of customization for various sports, outdoor activities, and water-based adventures.
Tested for Extremes
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is engineered to perform in extreme conditions, tested across a wide range of altitudes — from 500 meters below sea level to a staggering 9,000 meters above.
Recreational Scuba Diving and Freediving
For water enthusiasts, the Ultra 2 supports recreational scuba diving up to 40 meters and now includes support for freediving, thanks to the updated Oceanic+ app. This app provides critical data and insights during dives, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.
On-Device Siri and Health Data Access
Siri on the Ultra 2 now processes requests directly on the device for tasks that do not require internet access, ensuring faster and more reliable responses. Additionally, Siri can now access data from the Health app for health and fitness queries, enhancing its utility as a health companion.
Precision Finding and watchOS 10 Features
The Ultra 2 includes Precision Finding for locating iPhones, and it runs on watchOS 10, delivering a range of updates including redesigned apps, new watch faces, and features tailored for outdoor adventures.
A Major Environmental Milestone
For the first time, customers can choose a carbon neutral option for any Apple Watch, marking a significant step toward Apple’s 2030 goal of carbon neutrality across their entire business. This achievement is a result of innovations in materials, electricity usage, and transportation.
Availability and Pricing
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 can be ordered starting today, with availability in stores from Friday, September 22. The Ultra 2 is priced at S$1,199.