Apple Watch Series 9 vs Ultra 2: This year, Apple unveiled the iPhone 15/15 Pro series. They also introduced two new series in the watch category: the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and the Apple Watch Series 9. The most significant change is in the design of the S9 SiP chip and its added features. One exciting highlight is a new gesture! Now, by double-tapping with two fingers, you can remotely control the watch.
Given the hype around these releases, it’s essential to provide a clear breakdown of their features. In this article, we will explore the unique features, differences, and potential applications of both watches.
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Specifications: Watch Series 9 vs Ultra 2
|Watch Series 9||Watch Ultra 2|
|Size||41 and 45 mm||49 mm|
|Weight||31 to 51 grams||61 grams|
|Battery||Upto 36 hours||Upto 72 hours|
|Case||Aluminum, Stainless steel||Titanium|
|Water resistance||50 meters||100 meters|
Apple Watch Ultra 2: What Sets It Apart?
First lets talk about the Apple Watch Ultra 2! This watch comes with a shell made of 95% recycled titanium. It has a screen size of 49mm and cool action buttons. Plus, it’s super tough! It’s waterproof up to 100 meters, has MIL-STD 810H military certification, and is IP6X dustproof. Most functions are like the older models, but here’s a cool update: thanks to the S8 SiP processor, its brightness can go up to 3,000 nits from the older 2,000 nits. And guess what? It can also go as dim as 1 nit!
The Ultra 2 boosts its display capabilities, offering a luminous 3000 nits of brightness. This ensures clarity even under harsh lighting conditions, like midday sun.
This time, Apple didn’t just stick with the previous generation’s Pathfinder. They’ve added the Modular Ultra face too! What’s cool about it is that its outer ring can show info like how high up you are (altitude) or how deep underwater you are (water depth). It really makes the most of the big 49mm screen! And guess what? I’ve got pictures of different styles of the Modular Ultra face to show you.
Apple also introduced new color options for the special marine, mountain, and off-road watch straps to celebrate the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Cool, right?
The biggest feature of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 is the “Double Tap” each other with two fingers gesture. This means when you look at the watch face or use the screen, just tap your thumb and index finger together twice, and the watch will do something special.
On the home screen, if you “double tap with two fingers“, it will open the smart stacking widget page of watchOS 10. If you have a timer on, this tap can start or stop it. Plus, you can even use this gesture as a remote control to take pictures with your mobile phone.
The Apple Watch Series 9 comes with a new processor, the S9, offering a 30% faster GPU. This enhancement ensures more fluid interactions and smoother visuals. However, battery life remains unchanged.
What’s the best thing about this new chip? It makes Siri, the voice assistant, work even better on the watch. Now, you don’t need a phone to talk to Siri on the watch. Siri can understand you more accurately and responds 25% faster. And guess what? You can now ask Siri about your health stats directly on the watch, something you couldn’t do before!
Modular Web Space
This new space permits users to see more sensor data directly on the watch face. For night users, there’s an automatic night mode that transforms the standard dial to a softer, red hue to be less intrusive in the dark.
Taking a cue from Suunto watches, the Ultra 2 can measure altitude both above and underwater. This is a boon for divers, though Apple hasn’t specified the maximum depth for this functionality.
The Ultra 2 offers up to 36 hours of battery in normal mode and can stretch to 72 hours in low-power mode.
Emergency Satellite Function
Tying in with the new iPhone 15, both watch models now support the emergency satellite function. This feature is invaluable for adventurers. If they find themselves in emergencies without phone coverage, they can send out an SOS via satellite.
There’s also a cool update in the “Oceanic+” diving app for the watch. Before, it only worked for regular water diving. Now, it has a new option for free diving. So, no more problems if you’re diving without tanks or just snorkeling!
Apple Watch Series 9: New and Noteworthy
The Apple Watch Series 9 comes in two materials: aluminum and stainless steel. You can choose from two screen sizes: 41mm or 45mm. Thanks to the new chips, the screen can shine super bright at 2,000 nits or go very dim at 1 nit. This is more than twice as bright as the older model!
The Apple Watch Series 9 offers eight colors across aluminum and stainless steel. The aluminum version is available in five colors: pink, midnight, starlight, silver, and (PRODUCT)RED. The stainless steel version comes in three colors: gold, silver, and graphite.
For the Apple Watch Series 9, the stainless steel version has three colors: gold, silver, and graphite. On the outside, it looks just like the older model. The big changes are inside, with a new chip and the updated watchOS 10 features.
Display and Visibility
The new display offers up to 2000 nits of brightness, ensuring that users can easily see the screen under various lighting conditions. A bonus feature allows the watch to dim to a mere single nit, significantly conserving battery life.
New watch Strap
For the first time, the Apple Watch Series 9 and the SE series are carbon neutral. Apple is also thinking about the environment: they won’t use leather for accessories anymore. Instead, they’ll use a special twill cloth strap that feels like leather.
The new watch strap is called the magnetic chain strap. It looks a lot like the old leather strap, but it’s made from eco-friendly materials. As the name suggests, you use magnets to put it on or take it off. It’s a good idea to test if it stays on during heavy exercise. There’s another strap made of a fine texture, which might be a stylish choice for women.
Enhanced Siri Functions
One of the standout features is the improved Siri functionality, which enables users to access health data by merely asking questions like “How many steps have I taken today?” or “What’s my heart rate?”. Currently, this feature supports English and Mandarin Chinese.
Nike version Apple Watch
Apple also released a special Nike version of the Apple Watch. Besides its unique design, it comes with two types of straps: both called sports straps. These straps are made from some recycled materials.
Apple Watch Hermès
Let’s talk about the fancy Apple Watch Hermès next. Besides its unique concentric circle design, it has four brand-new watch straps. These include the woven Toile H strap, a high-end sporty Kilim rubber strap, and a special sports strap. The standout strap? It’s the Single/Double Tour strap, inspired by horse-riding. This strap has a cool 3D herringbone pattern made with a special knitting technique.
How can you tell the difference between the Single and Double Tour straps? Easy! Just see if the strap wraps around your wrist an extra time. This woven-like strap by Apple Watch Hermès is different than their usual leather ones.
You can get the Apple Watch Hermès in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm. Prices start at 40,900 yuan for the 41mm and price starts from $1249. If you choose the Double Tour strap, the price jumps to 6000 USD. And just a heads up, you can only get the Double Tour strap for the 41mm size.
Ultra Wide Technology
Found in the new iPhone 15, this technology enables users to locate devices, providing the device’s distance and location. It’s an evolution of the existing Airtags system, leveraging Bluetooth.
Apple Watch Series 9 vs Ultra 2
While both watches come with their fair share of upgrades, it’s clear that Apple has put more emphasis on refining existing features rather than introducing groundbreaking ones. Whether you find these watches up to your expectations or not, it’s undeniable that they’ll find their audience, especially among Apple’s loyal fan base.