Apple announced the new Apple Watch Ultra. It is designed for athletes and outdoor sports. It has a larger and brighter screen, a titanium body, and a customizable side button. It also has features and apps for activities like diving, skiing, and mountaineering.

Apple Watch Ultra

What are the features of the Apple Watch Ultra?

These are the best features of the new Apple Watch Ultra:

  • Durable design with titanium case and raised edges to protect screen
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters, dust resistant at IPX6 rate
  • Passed MIL-STD-810H tests for durability
  • Bigger and brighter screen, Night Mode
  • Customizable Action side button
  • Dual-frequency GPS for better location accuracy and distance/speed calculation
  • Two headphones, siren, buttons easier to use with gloves
  • Up to 36 hours of normal battery life, up to 60 hours in low power mode
  • Three new straps for different sports activities
  • Improved Workout/Training app, more accurate compass app, EN13319 certified for diving
  • Depth app for diving, heart rate tracking, ECG, alerts for heart health, blood oxygen saturation, sleep tracking, women’s health tracking
  • Automatic car accident detection and emergency contact feature

Apple Watch Ultra design

The Apple Watch Ultra is bigger and bulkier than the Series 8. It has a titanium case for durability and wear resistance, raised edges to protect the screen, and a circular Crown button and customizable side button.

The screen is brighter than other Apple watches and the watch has two speakers and three microphones for clear voice calls. It also has algorithms to reduce noise and wind sound during calls.

Three Bands Designed Specifically for Apple Watch Ultra

Apple made three bands for the Apple Watch Ultra: the Trail Loop (made of fabric), the Alpine Loop (made of two layers of fabric), and the Ocean Band (for water sports and diving with a titanium clasp).

Features of the Apple Watch Ultra for athletes

The Apple Watch Ultra has several features for athletes:

  • Dual-frequency GPS (L1 and L5) for accurate location and distance/speed measurement
  • New running metrics and improved Workout app in WatchOS 9
  • Battery can track a triathlon (swim, bike, marathon)
  • Action button to start tracking or navigate workouts, automatic speed/distance estimates for runners
  • Compass app with analog and digital display, additional information on latitude, length, height, and inclination
  • Display can show up to 6 exercise metrics at once
  • Backtrack feature shows user’s location to help them return to the starting point
  • Wayfinder watch face has 8 widgets to display interactive content in real time
  • Can withstand temperatures between -20 and 55 degrees Celsius and has Night Mode for low light conditions
  • Designed for water sports and recreational diving up to 40 meters.

Depth App in Apple Watch Ultra

The Depth App on the Apple Watch Ultra shows users live information about depth, dive time, water temperature, and maximum depth reached. The side button can be customized to quickly launch the app, which also works automatically when diving.

Oceanic+ dive app on Apple Watch Ultra

Apple and Huish Outdoors have developed a new diving app called Oceanic+. It will be available in 2023 and provides easy-to-understand information for divers, including visual and haptic alerts, no-pressure limit, rate of climb, and safety tips. It also has a user profile, reports on current dive conditions, and a dive history that can be shared with others.

WatchOS 9 Features for Apple Watch Ultra

watchOS 9 has new features for Apple Watch Ultra and other supported models, including new watch faces, an astronomy watch face with a 3D model of Earth, Moon, and Solar System, medication reminders and tracking, an AFib History feature to see estimates of heart arrhythmia frequency, and improved Workout app.

What is the price of the Apple Watch Ultra?

The Apple Watch Ultra for athletes costs $800 and is 49 mm in size. It comes with three different bracelets to choose from and supports cellular communication.