Well no: it is not a watch for everyone. Neither by price nor by functions, since it is a device made for those adventure lovers who are not satisfied with (just) climbing a mountain or (just) taking a dip in the sea. It is for more serious adventurers. Extremes, if you will. And with money to spend.
Made of aerospace-grade titanium, the Apple Watch is thick, though not as heavy as it appears on our wrists (61.3 grams). While many of us enjoy large watches, we’d wager that their dimensions won’t quite appeal to everyone.
Apple claims it offers the perfect balance of weight, durability, and corrosion resistance. Its titanium crown rises up and surrounds the edges of the flat sapphire front glass, protecting the Retina display and its 2,000 nits, twice as bright as any Apple Watch display.
There’s a new Action Button on this prodigy, which is easily customizable for instant access to a variety of features, like workouts, compass waypoints, backtracking and more.
Apple Watch Ultra It has three built-in microphones that promise to significantly improve sound quality on voice calls in any conditions. An adaptive beamforming algorithm uses the microphones to capture your voice while reducing ambient background sounds, resulting in remarkable clarity – more than ideal if you’re in a windy environment.
A watch like this will – unsurprisingly – feature straps designed specifically for high-endurance athletes and runners. Specifically, the Loop Trail, which is the thinnest Apple Watch strap to date. It is as soft as it is flexible.
More than just a watch, Apple Watch Ultra is the tool for adventurers and explorers in a variety of settings. The completely redesigned Compass app in watchOS 9 will display more detailed information and three different views. This enables a hybrid view that simultaneously displays an analog compass and a digital view. Turning the digital crown displays an additional view including latitude, longitude, elevation and tilt, as well as an orientation view showing compass waypoints and setback.
Compass Waypoints is a quick and convenient way to mark a location or point of interest right in the app. Pressing the action button or tapping the compass waypoint icon will mark a waypoint that you can return to later.
other application ad hoc is Backtrack, which uses GPS data to create a route showing where you’ve been before, which is handy if you get lost or disoriented and need help retracing your steps.
Unsurprisingly, extreme temperatures won’t be a problem. From icy mountains at -20°C to scorching desert heat (55°C), this prodigy won’t shy away from anything. Apple has said the Watch Ultra is certified to the relevant aspects of MIL-STD-810H, a true canon for military gear and popular with rugged gear makers. Tests include low pressure (altitude), high temperature, low temperature, temperature shock, fluid contamination, rain, humidity, immersion, sand and dust, freeze/thaw, ice/freezing rain, shock, vibration, and more.
We want to spend a lot of time with it on our wrists, though we’re not sure if we’ll be the right reviewers given the wide range of features it offers. Still, the Apple Watch Ultra was perhaps the biggest surprise of Apple’s presentation last Wednesday.
Where there will undoubtedly be debate will be with its price. It costs twice as much as the basic configuration of the Watch Series 8, and in the times we live in, not everyone will be able to spend $800 on a watch, let alone if you are not an adventure enthusiast/professional. In recent history, Apple seems to have been equally lucky and unlucky with its “more expensive” products. That is something that we will only know in a few months, or another year. For now, the Apple Watch Ultra is to other watch models what the Mac Pro is to other computers. And honestly, who wouldn’t want a Mac Pro on their desk? Well that.