Apple is expanding its smartwatch line-up with the release of a more premium and rugged product, the Apple Watch Ultra.
As the name suggests, the new Apple Watch Ultra is the most durable and feature-packed Apple smartwatch to date as it was made for extreme sports and adventure-seekers.
While it retains some design key elements of the Series 8 and Watch SE, the Ultra looks undeniably more robust and serious-looking.
This one is chunkier, uses a rugged but relatively lightweight titanium material, has sturdy sapphire glass on the flat screen to keep it safe from edge impacts, and of course, a larger Digital Crown with a distinct orange ring. The crown and the side button have been raised from the case so you can still operate them even when you’re wearing gloves.
If you love numbers, this watch uses a thick 49mm titanium case, has a water resistance of up to 100 meters, is MIL-STD 810H tested and is IP6X dust resistant.
The screen is the biggest on any Apple Watch and features an Always-on Retina display and a peak brightness of a whopping 2,000 nits for better outdoor visibility.
What’s more, the watch has a dedicated Action button with a distinct orange color. This lets you do quick and physical control over different functions. It is also customizable and works with different activity apps. It lets you mark a waypoint on the compass, start a dive, and more.
Next to it is a second speaker that improves the volume during calls, perfect in extreme conditions. It even has a dedicated speaker for sirens, which can emit an 86-decibel sound pattern and can be heard within a 600-feet range in case you need help.
Also onboard are three microphones for better voice pick-up. It also has a dedicated depth gauge that can measure underwater depth, since Apple is really selling this to divers.
In fact, this watch is EN13319 certified, which is apparently an internationally recognized standard for diving equipment. Apple also teamed up with Huish Outdoors to build a special app called Oceanic+ that turns the Watch Ultra into a full-featured dive computer.
The Ultra also has the biggest battery on any Apple Watch, which really makes sense for its target users. Under normal use, the watch can last for up to 36 hours.
Plus, a future update will bring low power settings to the device so you can stretch the battery by up to 60 hours.
What’s more, Apple has designed three special bands for three special types of activities. There’s the Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, and Ocean Band, all of which have their own unique locking mechanisms and materials to fit their intended use.
To better track your runs and other outdoor activities, the Watch Ultra is rigged with dual-frequency GPS for better accuracy.
The watch also has body temperature sensing, ECG, blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and other standard activity recording features.
The Apple Watch Ultra has an official price of Php52,990 in the Philippines. Its availability details are yet to be announced.