Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 8 hands-on: Smarter watches
Apple has debuted its latest Apple Watches : the Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and all-new Apple Watch Ultra.
The smartwatches run the price gamut from $249 for the SE to $399 for the Series 8, and $799 for the Ultra. I got to spend some time with the new watches following Apple’s Sept. 7 event, and of the three, I was most surprised by the Apple Watch Ultra.
yahoo : I initially thought the watch, with its 49mm casing, was going to be an absolute behemoth strapped to my wrist. And while it’s certainly far larger than the Series 7 I normally wear, it’s also not some kind of unsightly mass.
The Ultra is built for extreme athletes — think triathletes, marathoners, and divers. I’m none of those, but when I put on the watch it made me want to at least go for a run. The entire design is sturdier than the Series 8, complete with a lip around the screen that keeps it from getting nicked, a more pronounced Digital Crown, and a new programmable Action Button on the left side.
The Apple Watch Ultra
After over a year of rumors, Apple has finally announced the Apple Watch Ultra — a rugged, premium smartwatch that now sits atop Apple’s smartwatch lineup. The watch introduces a new design with a bigger display as well as a new design for exploration and outdoor activities.
theverge : There’s a new button guard on the side, with a 49mm titanium case, redesigned digital crown, and a new Action button.
The Action button can be customized for various purposes, including workouts, compass waypoints, and a new backtrack feature. The display has sapphire crystal as well as 2,000 nits of brightness. The buttons and crowns are also designed to work with gloves, which is a big concern for outdoor athletes. There are three built-in microphones to improve sound quality as well as reduce ambient noise like wind.
Apple reveals Apple Watch Series 8 and the new Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch Series 8 delivers best-in-class health features, including an innovative temperature sensor that enables advanced features for women’s health, and Crash Detection for severe car crashes
The redesigned Apple Watch SE delivers the core Apple Watch experience at a new starting price.
Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 8 and the new Apple Watch SE, which bring groundbreaking technology and performance, and important safety innovations to the two best-selling smartwatches. Apple Watch Series 8 features the beloved design of Apple Watch, including a large, Always-On Retina display and a strong crack-resistant front crystal.
With all-day 18-hour battery life, Apple Watch Series 8 builds on best-in-class health and safety features like the ECG app and fall detection by introducing temperature-sensing capabilities, retrospective ovulation estimates, Crash Detection, and international roaming.
The new Apple Watch SE delivers the core Apple Watch experience, including Activity tracking, high and low heart rate notifications, and Emergency SOS, as well as the new Crash Detection feature and a completely redesigned back case that perfectly matches the three classic case finishes, all at a more affordable price of $249 (US).
Both models are powered by watchOS 9, introducing new and more customizable watch faces like Lunar and Metropolitan, an enhanced Workout app, sleep stages, a first-of-its-kind AFib History feature, and an all-new Medications app.
Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are available to order today, with availability beginning Friday, September 16.
The Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are up for preorder now
The Apple Watch Series 8 breaks new ground with skin temperature readings, women’s health tracking, new motion sensors, increased battery life, and international roaming for cellular models. Here’s what you need to know about the latest Apple Watches — and where you can get your hands on one.
Where to preorder the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE
cnn : The Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are available to order on the Apple Store today. The Series 8 starts at $399 for the GPS version and $499 for the cellular version, and the SE starts at $249 for the GPS version and $299 for cellular. Both will begin shipping on Sept. 16. Both watches include three months free with Apple Fitness+.
• Apple Watch Series 8 (from $399 at Apple)
• Apple Watch SE (from $249 at Apple)
Except for the women’s health features, the Series 8 and the SE aren’t huge upgrades over the Apple Watch Series 7 or the 2020 Apple Watch SE. The new watchOS 9 offers many new features, but they will extend to several previous models, so you’ll get about 90 percent of the new functionality anyway.
But these are good upgrades if you’re a first-time smartwatch shopper or have an Apple Watch Series 4 or earlier. The SE is a great starter watch for kids or people who don’t need quite so much health data. The Series 8’s women’s health features look great for people looking to take control of their reproductive health while also maintaining their privacy.
Apple Watch Series 8 price and availability
The Apple Watch Series 8 price starts at $399 for a 41-millimeter, GPS-only model and $499 for the GPS + cellular version. The 45-millimeter size, meanwhile, will start at $429, and go up to $529 for cellular support.
tomsguide : There are two additional Apple Watch models to choose from this year: the $799 Apple Watch Ultra and $249 Apple Watch SE (2022). You might recall the original Apple Watch SE started at $279, so that model received a $30 discount — a move that makes sense with the Apple Watch Series 3 being discontinued… finally.
Apple Watch Series 8 preorders are live now, with full availability on September 16.
Apple Watch Series 8 hands-on: Design
The Apple Watch Series 8 looks identical to the Apple Watch Series 7, sporting the curvier chassis and thinner display bezels that debuted last year. This screen is optimized for the new watchOS 9 faces, though there are no additional faces for Apple Watch Series 8.
On the side of the Apple Watch Series 8 you’ll find the familiar digital crown and side button. Only the Apple Watch Ultra gets the additional action button. Again, I don’t think you’d be able to tell the new flagship Apple Watch from the one before it.
That is, unless you pay close attention to the colors. The Apple Watch Series 8 colors include Midnight, Silver, Starlight and Product Red. Blue and Green watches are no longer, though I don’t feel one way or the other about their departure. Besides, customization comes by finding the best Apple Watch bands for your style
Here’s a first look at the Apple Watch Ultra
Apple designed the Ultra to be more rugged so it can withstand the elements better if you take it to the mountains or deep under water. There’s a larger crown, too, so it’s easier to use while you’re wearing gloves if you’re diving or in the snow. And it has a bigger screen.
cnbc : The screen has other cool features. It’s twice as bright as before, so it’s even easier to see outside. And it has a new “Night Mode” watch face that shows a compass and turns the watch red so it’s easier to view in the dark.
There’s a new Action Button. It’s orange, which definitely stands out, but can be customized to launch an app when you tap it. So, you can start a workout, mark a specific waypoint on a hike, launch your music app and more, just by tapping it.
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According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming high-end variant of the Apple Watch Series 8 will feature the device’s first redesign in years and a new titanium casing, but will not feature the long-rumored squared-off look.
The Apple Watch Ultra will be available in a single color, natural Titanium. Apple will also sell you a wide selection of different straps and styles, including the Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, Ocean Band, and various other brands from Nike and Hermes.
Plus, unlike every other Apple Watch model, the Apple Watch Ultra comes with built-in cellular connectivity, which does help account for the price hike. For comparison, the 45mm Series 8 with cellular capability(opens in a new tab) starts at $529.
Apple Watch Ultra Is $799 Ultra-Rugged Smartwatch Designed For Diving & Mountaineering.