apple watch ultra
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Fairly conservative in the design of its watches again this year with the Watch Series 8, Apple dares to make a real change with its Watch Ultra, which inaugurates a new sports segment in its range. The Californian firm did not go with the palm of the hand, designing not a simple variation of its Watch Series 8, but an authentic new watch, with a different design and impressive features.
Reinforced watch dedicated to outdoor sports
Designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, the Apple Watch Ultra opts for a titanium case. A très résistant material that is left croisé sur des déclinaisons très haut de gamme de l’Apple Watch, mais que prend ici tout son sens s’agissant de résister aux agressions extérieures, lorsqu’on lorsqu’on practicing le trail ou même les Nautical sports. Apple Watch Ultra also meets the military standard MIL-STD-810H.
In 49mm format, this case is topped with a sapphire crystal, also designed to better resist scratches and bumps. It protects a large 2-inch AMOLED display, capable of a record-breaking 2,000 nits of brightness, twice as bright as the display on the previous Apple Watch series.
Tough enough to venture into the depths of the ocean
Resistant, this Apple Watch Ultra is also resistant to pressure, since it is suitable for scuba diving. Apple hasn’t done things by halves, because its watch is WR100 (10 ATM) certified and complies with the EN13319 diving standard. Enough to practice water sports and diving.
A Huish Outdoors app designed specifically for Apple Watch Ultra provides Huish Outdoors-specific data and settings, including decompression stop management.
Autonomy of up to 60 hours
Who says outdoor sports watch necessarily says sufficient autonomy to indulge in practices that can last several hours. Small disappointment at this point, as the Ultra would only offer 36 hours of operation in normal use. However, it can reach 60 hours in economic mode, which will be enough to enjoy the triathlon, for example, specifies Apple.
An ultra-precise dual-band GPS
GPS accuracy is also an important criterion for a watch of this type, and on this point Apple does not disappoint, announcing a dual-band GPS chip (L1 + L5) that works with an internal algorithm that would make the Watch Series 8 Ultra “the most accurate sports watch”, nothing less. As for navigation, the watch incorporates a compass mode and also manages the marking of waypoints, as well as the return to the starting point. A clock face It is also offered specific for the route, with a night mode that turns the entire screen red to avoid glare.
Extra button, speaker and microphones
Characteristic of the Apple Watch, the rotating crown is also present on the Watch Ultra. It’s larger, however, and housed in a right-edge bulge to make it easier to reach and use with gloves, as is the home button that remains lower.
A new action button makes its appearance on the left edge, to serve in the heat of the moment. Similarly, there is now a second speaker to take advantage of more audible voice instructions and manage phone calls in difficult conditions. Three microphones are also placed around the watch to ensure better voice capture and cancel out ambient noise such as the blowing of the wind.
Fall detection is on the program, associated here with an audible alarm that emits a specific noise with an intensity of 86 dB, audible up to 180 m, according to Apple.
To each practice your bracelet
Obviously, Apple not only offers a basic strap with this watch, but also offers three adapted to different practices: a textile strap with velcro for trail running, a textile strap with a metal hook closure for the mountains, and a rubber strap for diving.
This impressive display of technology comes at a price. In fact, you’ll spend no less than €999 to afford the Apple Watch Ultra from September 23. A hefty price, but in line with other high-end outdoor sports watches, such as the Garmin Fēnix and the Epix Gen 2, for example (~€1,000).
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