Apple Watch Ultra Impressions: Polished Overkill!
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Apple just unveiled some new stuff at their September iPhone and iPhone Accessories event. My video about the new iPhone 14 series is already live. Link below The iPhone accessories covered in this video were more interesting than the iPhones themselves in my opinion. First off we still got the new Airpods Pro for $249 like the last ones and still basically the same design but adding up a lot of internal improvements into a potentially much better experience, so there's new drivers, the new H2 chip inside, twice the strength of noise cancellation, a new, longer battery life of six hours on a single charge, and touch volume controls on the stocks that are where the Force Touch sensors are located, and there's even a new Adaptive Transparency mode, which basically just builds on
Apple's gargantuan lead with its already godlike Transparency mode, by detecting particularly loud noises and trimming them accordingly, so if you're walking by the construction site, the mics won't pump in that super loud jackhammer noise, but the best e, frankly, is probably the new housing.
I think basically
Apple just realized how often people lose the case, including me, so it's a lot easier now not to lose or find it, so there's a hook on the side for lanyards now , and I've added a speaker on the bottom so you can find it if it's lost by making a sound, and it's now all in a fully magsafe-compatible case that can now also be used with an
Watch charger to be charged. The earbud wars are sharp at the moment. There are a lot of good options out there, these are obviously more expensive but considering how good their sound quality is, how good the transparency mode is and how well it works with the iPhone, these will probably work pretty well, but I'll check those out Most Interesting So, that's the new
Watch SE, a new
Watch Series 8, and a new
Ultra, leaving the
Watch SE at the bottom of the lineup at $250 to replace the old
Watch Series 3, which it still has sold and it's better in pretty much every way, it's got a redesigned color-matched case, a 30 larger screen than that old
watch and the S8 sip, that makes a lot of sense then the
watch series 8 is in the Mid, it's a very small but very sensible upgrade to the Series Seven, so in the same design, it gives it a new temperature sensor that's useful for advanced cycle tracking and retrospective ovulation estimation tongues for women, it gives it some new GeForce sensors for crash detection so it can automatically detect when you've been in a car crash and it can call for help if you don't respond to the on-screen prompt .
Dunno how to test this, but I believe you, and it gives it a new power saving mode that can help extend battery life when you're in. A pinch boom same price 3.99 for GPS, only 4.99 for Cellular, but then there's a new
watch at the top end of the
Ultra. It basically looks like they took a regular
Watch and sent it to the gym, so the result is a beef The 49-millimeter
watch is the brightest display ever in an
Watch, reaching up to 2,000 nits can. The display is flat on top with just a tiny lip around the edge to protect the sapphire crystal cover and the digital crown on the side is bigger and thicker with that extra crown guard and a button that even sticks out normally so it's easier to mess with Gloves, than on the other hand, a second speaker and additional microphones have been added for extra volume and better quality and windy environments there is a new button a large bright orange action button This is a customizable button that allows you to add any number can do different things, e.g.
B. starting a workout or brightening the whole screen as a flash light and then while you are in an app it can fulfill different functions within that app and by the way this is the only specification there is only one
ultra, just this titanium and this ceramic, they all have cellular and they all have this bright orange action button so you aesthetically know it feels like you knew when we first saw these rumors of a pro
watch they could really only going two ways, they could start with a military grade super rugged Garmin level
watch and then try to take it down and how to reinforce it, or they could start with a regular
Watch and make it more rugged and they decided clearly opting for option two, making this chunky looking
Watch, but still a fairly familiar looking
watch, which is noteworthy that it's sic h doesn't feel heavy the titanium made it feel a lot lighter on the wrist than I was expecting, so yeah, while it's definitely easier to call this piece a chunker, it's thick with maybe three or even four Cs, you know simply, it could definitely be I believe they made this
I think they took a couple of extreme high performance athletes and asked them all how many of you use an
Watch and the ones that raised their hand said I don't use the
watch, it just can't hang with me, they took these People brought them to
Apple Park and interrogated them to figure out what they would need to change about the
Watch to keep up with what they're doing. I'm sure they're talking to some divers who will definitely say, yes, this thing is waterproof but it's not waterproof enough to go as deep as me and be a dive computer and then
apple went and made this
watch wr100 waterproof so you can theoretically dive with it to 100 meters and through additional sensors in it , to make it a truly proper dive computer for many people.
I believe they talk to climbers who hike in white conditions and then you get extreme temperature swings s you have the option to add waypoints in the compass app. So if you ever need to find a way back to a place you can't see visually, you can always use the
watch to do that, and they'll throw in an 86-decibel siren from the new larger speaker, which is extremely loud and in Can send SOS signal to nearby people, and also dual band GPS. This is a feature you don't see as often as smart
watches, but it massively improves accuracy and can also help if you're I think they've spoken to marathon runners as they went through some GPS dead zones, probably all of them just said the
watch dies before the end of a normal marathon so I can't use it and then of course the
Ultra now with its new thicker case has room for a lot more battery like a lot more accurate good on stage
Apple said 36 hours and they also said 18 hours over the regular
watch so i'm just doing mental math how long that usually takes which is about a day and a half and so that's
ultra double so it feels like the norm when using it can it's a three-day battery, and then they also said it could last up to 60 hours with the new battery optimization feature coming later this year.
I don't know exactly what that means or what it will entail, but doing the math again, that could add up to about five days of regular use with this mode, but that's purely theoretical at this point. I definitely have to use it, but either way they claim that marathoners now not only can finish a marathon. They can do a full Iron Man, which is swim two and a half miles, bike a hundred miles, and run a 27-mile marathon back-to-back running and tracking the whole thing with heart rate and GPS with a spare battery which is impressive definitely lives up to the
Ultra name no question and I know when we see all these features we start to think a bit about pricing so there was there was some rumors again, there was some talk that this could end up being like a thousand dollar
watch to start with.
That seemed crazy to me at first, but then I had flashbacks to that ten thousand dollar gold
Watch edition, so it wasn't entirely out of the flavor possibility, but turns out this one actually comes at a pretty reasonable price point, which is actually where it only starts at One Price It's a spec, but it's 7.99, that's still expensive of course, but just for context, er, Garmin Phoenix, a very competitive, popular smart
watch is $900, er, $800 I think for the smallest , but
Apple isn't usually the one to do the undercutting, but then on In addition, there were also some new faces and bands specific to this
The way viewfinder faces are pretty cute and give a lot of relevant information to someone who's just in the middle of something like hiking, you know there's a compass altitude And then there's three special new
watch straps, a Trail Loop for Endurance athletes the Alpine Loop and the Ocean Band for high speed water sports all of which are pretty unique and work Overall very impressive both in terms of durability and comfort as these are really good bands and such a fun fact that I was just wondering a bit and actually had to check I took the straps off the
Ultra and put them on the smaller
watches and they seem to work fine so I'll only say from that knowledgeable audience that it looks like it , like backwards compatibility with the bands is the green light, so the number one question I've been getting since that announcement is, o b I'll get one that's okay It's for explorers, adventurers, endurance athletes, many of you know I play ultimate frisbee and wear my
watch most of the time while playing and practicing Obvious examples like mountaineering, biking, iron mans and such things for me i would love the extra battery life and for certain workouts and things like that i would have a better gps and be able to do more workouts before the thing dies would be nice but for me it's like it's still an everyday
watch, it's an
Watch, like you still have to wear it all the time too, and for me it's approaching kind of too big to pull off normally.
It's not huge on my wrist, obviously I couldn't wear one every day either Garment wear, I don't think with my skinny wrists, but as a fun fact, I wore this black
Watch to the Met Gala and I think it was okay, as it turned out, well , you can wear it, hide it under a cuff, but I don't think you can do all that with the
Ultra. That's how I think about it on this week's Waveform podcast Andrew my co-host said I think he sort of explained it perfectly with the synopsis that the
Ultra is like the
watch a cool commercial and you think oh this is sick how this super stable camera will capture my amazing adventures.
I'm going to have the sickest footage ever and then you get one and then you use it maybe once or twice and the footage s are right and then it just kind of sits in a drawer collecting dust and that's the
watch most people need not but it would be sick how sick the ads are and I think if you are one of those athletes that I just talked about in this video you will definitely be able to use the
watch but for most Folks the regular
Watch will be fine too, and for me it's probably going to be that my biggest annoyance with all the
watches is actually something that Casey neistat just addressed on Twitter, which is literally just that if you use a lot sweat or if it's raining or if you're wearing long sleeves during a workout, it tends to fiddle with the screen, it touches the screen even if you have Theater mode on it just lights up the screen and messes up workout data tracking.
I just want them to fix that and I would be cool with probably any of the
watches but for the more adventurous and for those with deep pockets this is extremely a pretty sick wat ch that is very competitive with many other rugged eye smart
watches out there, but it has the key advantage that it's also an
Watch that you can also wear every day, and it'll also work really well with the iPhone, which you probably already have so that's what
Ultra was for for the video thanks for
watching also tell me what you think if the
ultra is right for you if you have a certain situation you can catch it alright peace of mind later