First Impressions: Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 – The Verdict

Apple Watches have become an integral part of the Apple ecosystem, offering a seamless connection with iPhones and enhancing their capabilities through advanced sensors and a focus on sports and health. The convenience of having this device on our wrists allows for easy access to immediate information from anywhere. In the latest updates, Apple has made significant internal improvements to the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 by adopting the new S9 SoC, resulting in enhanced power and performance.

One may wonder, why does a watch need improved power? Well, in the case of the Apple Watch, it contributes to the accuracy of its sensors, even in basic usage. The power boost in the Apple Watch Series 9 translates to a 29% increase in precision for the Neural Engine, allowing for better and faster data collection. This improvement paves the way for future enhancements, such as a potential glucose sensor, which requires even greater precision and computation.

In terms of design, the new Apple Watch Series 9 maintains the same appearance as its predecessor, available in pink and space gray. However, upon closer inspection, one can notice the new brighter screen, capable of reaching up to 2000 nits. Another notable feature is Siri’s ability to access health data, allowing users to inquire about various health parameters directly from the smart assistant. Additionally, the second-generation ultra-wideband chip enables precise location tracking of other smart objects and easy sharing of contacts by bringing the Apple Watch close to another device.

A standout feature of the Apple Watch Series 9 is the introduction of the double-tap gesture, inherited from the Apple Vision Pro’s pinch gesture. This gesture adds a touch of spectacle to the overall experience. Furthermore, the new Apple Watch comes with fine braided fabric straps, which not only provide a soft feel but also offer a fresh aesthetic.

The environmental consciousness of Apple is also evident in the new Apple Watch Series 9 as it becomes the first emissions-neutral Apple device. This sustainability achievement is remarkable and aligns with Apple’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

Moving on to the Apple Watch Ultra 2, this professional-grade smartwatch shares all the features of the Series 9, including the improved S9 SoC and the second-generation ultra-wideband chip. However, the Ultra 2 sets itself apart with an astonishing display brightness of 3000 nits, making it the brightest screen ever produced by Apple. Additionally, the Ultra 2 introduces a new modular dial designed specifically for this model and remains compatible with cycling accessories, seamlessly displaying their information on the watch screen.

The Ultra 2 retains the excellent battery life of its predecessor, offering a charge lasting up to 36 hours and up to 76 hours in low-power mode. The proprietary charging system remains unchanged for the time being. The Ultra 2 also benefits from the enhanced sensors and double-tap gestures found in the Series 9.

An unexpected surprise awaits those interested in the Apple Watch Ultra 2: it is 100 euros cheaper than last year’s model, priced at €899 in Spain. The affordability combined with its impressive features makes it an attractive option for consumers seeking the best of what Apple has to offer.

For a more detailed analysis of these new Apple Watch models, keep an eye out for our upcoming in-depth review on Applesfera. In the meantime, the Wonderlust event has brought us an exciting lineup of Apple products, including the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2, promising more details and possibilities to explore.

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