Apple Watch Ultra Arrives to Keep Up With Your Extreme Outdoor Adventures

Launching on September 23

Apple didn't just reveal the next Apple Watch—it's making an entirely new spin-off dedicated to more rugged and intense use.

The Apple Watch Ultra is Apple's answer to more "outdoors-y" style smartwatches, something Apple referred to as "...the most rugged and capable Apple Watch ever." On a base level, it utilizes a lightweight aerospace-grade titanium case and a flat sapphire front crystal screen for increased durability. And there are three new straps (Alpine, Ocean, and Trail) that have all been built to withstand various scenarios.

Someone wearing the Apple Watch Ultra.


It also offers what Apple calls its biggest and brightest display so far, with several new face display customization options, including a more detailed compass. Said compass has itself been redesigned for the Apple Watch Ultra, providing a way to set custom waypoints and even use GPS to backtrack if you get lost. And you can use the Apple Watch Ultra as a legitimate dive computer thanks to its EN13319 depth certification (for up to 130 feet) and a new Oceanic+ app to manage your dives.

Beyond that, the Apple Watch Ultra carries an even bigger battery than other models, allowing up to 36 hours of use on a single charge. Apple also teased that it could last for up to 60 hours when using a new (unnamed) battery optimization setting that will be debuting sometime later this fall.

You can pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra now for $799 (all versions), with a release date set for September 23.

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