First look at the Apple Watch Ultra: We’re testing the super-rugged new smartwatch with a very clever trick

APPLE has launched its most powerful smartwatch yet.

I had the opportunity to try the Apple Watch Ultra during the iPhone 14 launch event at Apple HQ.

The Apple Watch Ultra is beefier than its Series 8 siblings

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The Apple Watch Ultra is beefier than its Series 8 siblingsCredit: The Sun
This is a rugged smartwatch for people living on the edge - and probably beyond

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This is a rugged smartwatch for people living on the edge – and probably beyondCredit: The Sun

It’s a brand new addition to the lineup, landing alongside the latest Apple Watch Series 8.

The Ultra is expensive and packed with bonus features.

That’s clear from the outside: It’s larger than a regular Apple Watch and looks very sturdy.

Apple described it as “built for exploration, adventure, and endurance.”

The case is made from aerospace-grade titanium for a lightweight yet strong design.

There is sapphire front glass to make the screen durable.

And it has the largest and brightest display ever seen in an Apple Watch.

There’s a new button called “Action Button” that’s customizable to give you quick customizable control over a range of functions.

The cellular connection is integrated by default.

And the Ultra offers a whopping 36 hours of battery life on a single charge – with 60 hours of extended battery life with a new optimization setting.

iPhone maker Apple spoke about the GPS credentials of its new Apple Watch Ultra.

Some environments are difficult for GPS, such as areas with tall buildings or dense trees.

They can block satellites, making accurate measurements difficult.

Apple has added support for new GPS frequencies – coupled with some clever algorithms – to make location tracking much more accurate.

The tech titan says the Ultra offers “the most accurate GPS of any sports watch on the market.”

The Ultra sounds great if you regularly get lost in the wilderness.

There’s a waypoint feature that lets you quickly add important location points – maybe your campsite or a signpost – using the action button.

Then there’s Backtrack, which uses GPS data to help you easily retrace your steps.

It automatically turns on in the background when you go offline, just in case.

And when the straits are particularly bad, there’s a built-in 86dB siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away.

Apple Watch Ultra will cost $799 or £849 – a steep price but that’s aimed at serious health, fitness and adventure enthusiasts.

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That feels like a great move by Apple: there was a clear need for an Apple Watch that could go that little bit further for more extreme users.

It can be ordered today and will go on sale on September 23rd.

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