Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch Series 9, featuring a host of upgrades to the world’s best-selling smartwatch, along with a noteworthy environmental achievement. The Series 9 introduces the powerful S9 SiP, enhancing performance and capabilities. It also boasts a new double tap gesture, a brighter display, expedited on-device Siri with health data accessibility, and the groundbreaking Precision Finding for iPhone. Running on watchOS 10, the Series 9 offers redesigned apps, the innovative Smart Stack, fresh watch faces, and specialized features for cycling and hiking, as well as tools for mental health support.
In a significant move towards environmental sustainability, Apple now offers a carbon neutral option for any Apple Watch, marking a major stride toward achieving Apple 2030. This ambitious initiative aims to make Apple entirely carbon neutral, encompassing every facet of its business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030.
Fueling the Apple Watch Series 9 is the state-of-the-art S9 SiP, a custom Apple silicon that stands as the most potent watch chip to date. This impressive chip ushers in systemwide enhancements and introduces innovative features such as the intuitive double tap gesture. Moreover, Siri is now equipped to access and record health data with utmost privacy and security. With a brand-new 4-core Neural Engine, the Series 9 can process machine learning tasks at double the speed of its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 8. Thanks to the power efficiency of the S9 SiP, the Apple Watch Series 9 maintains an impressive all-day battery life of 18 hours.
Apple Watch Series 9 incorporates user-friendly innovations like the Digital Crown and Taptic Engine, coupled with intuitive gestures such as tapping, swiping, wrist raises, and covering to mute. A novel addition is the double tap gesture, allowing users to effortlessly operate the device with just one hand, without touching the display. By tapping their index finger and thumb together twice, users can swiftly perform common actions on the Apple Watch Series 9.
This double tap gesture serves as a shortcut to the primary button in various apps. It facilitates tasks like stopping a timer, controlling music playback, and snoozing alarms. Furthermore, it can be used to manage phone calls and even capture photos using the Camera Remote feature. The gesture also provides access to the Smart Stack on the watch face, and a subsequent double tap allows users to navigate through widgets in the stack.
The enhanced Neural Engine in Apple Watch Series 9 empowers this double tap gesture. It processes data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor using a cutting-edge machine learning algorithm. This algorithm identifies subtle wrist movements and changes in blood flow when the index finger and thumb execute a double tap. This feature is set to be available in an upcoming software update next month.
The Apple Watch Series 9’s power-efficient S9 SiP and cutting-edge display architecture work in tandem to elevate the maximum brightness of the display to an impressive 2000 nits. This is twice the brightness of the Series 8, ensuring that users can easily read text even in glaring sunlight. Moreover, for situations like dark rooms or early mornings, the display can be adjusted to a minimum of just one nit to avoid disturbing those in close proximity. This dynamic display adaptation caters to a range of lighting conditions for a seamless user experience.
Apple Watch Series 9 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes in starlight, midnight, silver, (PRODUCT) RED, and a new pink aluminum case, as well as stainless steel in gold, silver, and graphite cases. Apple Watch Series 9 starts at Rs. 41,900.
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch Ultra 2, a testament to innovation, resilience, and environmental consciousness. Building on the beloved features of its predecessor, the Ultra 2 introduces a host of cutting-edge enhancements, making it the most capable and rugged smartwatch to date.
At the heart of this advancement lies the powerful S9 SiP, driving performance to new heights. A groundbreaking double tap gesture enhances user interaction, complemented by Apple’s brightest display ever and an extended altitude range.
Running on watchOS 10, the Ultra 2 brings forth a redesigned app experience, the Smart Stack, tailored cycling features, and tools tailored for outdoor exploration. The introduction of the Modular Ultra watch face offers users a customizable interface that adapts to their unique preferences.
Despite these remarkable upgrades, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 maintains an impressive battery life. With regular use, it delivers up to 36 hours of uninterrupted performance, extending to an astounding 72 hours in Low Power Mode. This ensures that the Ultra 2 is not just a device, but a reliable companion for any journey.
In a significant stride towards sustainability, Apple introduces a carbon neutral option for every Apple Watch, underscoring their commitment to a greener future. This marks a pivotal milestone in the ambitious Apple 2030 initiative, which aims for complete carbon neutrality across all facets of Apple’s operations.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is now available for order, with availability commencing on Friday, September 22nd. Apple Watch Ultra 2 is available in 49 mm, and is carbon neutral when paired with a new Trail Loop or Alpine Loop. Apple Watch Ultra 2 is priced at Rs. 89,900.