Some of the announcements made at Apple’s (far away) event caught us by surprise, and the Apple Watch lineup is significantly different from what we’re used to: there are now three series: the Apple Watch SE 2 (40mm and 44mm), the Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm and 45mm), and the Apple Watch Ultra (49mm).
What’s interesting about these three Apple Watches is the order in which they appeared in the lineup: the cheapest (Apple Watch SE) came first, followed by the middle-of-the-road (Apple Watch Series 8), and ultimately the most (Apple Watch Ultra). It’s never occurred before, but suddenly three different types of media are out at once. Now that we’ve seen this pattern with iPhone releases, we’re crossing our fingers that it continues with the company’s other products such as MacBooks, iPads, and even iMacs, where each consumer will feel like the company thought them through.
APPLE WATCH SE
After the launch of the first model of the Apple Watch Series in 2020, a great number of Apple’s clients anticipated that the series would undergo annual upgrades; however, this expectation was never fulfilled. The Apple Watch SE continued to get all software upgrades alongside other Apple Watch models such as the Apple Series 5 and the Apple Watch Series 6, despite the fact that it did not receive a physical update in 2021.
The revised back shell and the Apple S8 chipset are the only modifications to the Apple Watch Se 2 that are immediately evident. Starlight, midnight, and silver are the three colours that were once available to choose from. We intend to do a more in-depth evaluation of the Apple SE 2 as soon as we are able to get our hands on one of the devices.
APPLE WATCH S8
The new release did not live up to the expectations of many who had heard reports that it would feature rounded flat edges and a larger screen than previous releases. The screen size of the Apple Watch Series 8 is the same as that of the Apple Watch Series 7, but the major changes are internal, or software upgrades. These include a skin temperature sensor and a low power mode that can increase the latest Apple Watch’s battery life to 36 hours, the latter of which has been rumored for a considerable amount of time. Both of these features have been rumored for quite some time. In the event that the wearer experiences an accident, such as falling, the Apple Watch 8 is equipped with a fresh new emergency aid feature. In order to accomplish this, it makes use of motion sensors that are more accurate to determine what took place.
APPLE WATCH ULTRA
The Apple Watch Ultra is the advanced model that customers have been anticipating. Are you an athlete that competes professionally throughout the world, or do you just enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, cycling, and participating in triathlons for fun? If this describes you, an outstanding option is the Apple Watch Ultra. This is a veritable powerhouse, with a battery life of 36 hours that can be enhanced to 60 hours by using the power mode. This is 76% greater than the battery life of the Apple Watch Series 8 which lasts for a day.
One of the new features, though, can be found on the left side of the wristwatch, where a button has been added. With Apple’s new Action button, you can customize which applications launch when you touch it, making it a breeze to launch the Workouts app and get moving with a quick run or bike ride, or to switch on a stopwatch, flashlight, or dive app.
The Apple Watch Ultra has a heart rate monitor on the back, similar to the ones seen on the other Apple Watch models, so you can keep tabs on your blood pressure no matter what sport you’re partaking in.
There are three microphones arranged in a beam pattern to pick up your voice no matter how loud the background noise, and the speakers have been improved so you can carry on a conversation even if you become stranded on top of a windy mountain.
The OLED display on the Apple Watch Ultra has the same low refresh rate as the Apple Watch Series 8, suggesting that the always-on display can be maintained without significantly impacting battery life.
In addition, its peak brightness has been increased to 2000 nits, making it easier to read while you’re outside but the sun is in your eyes
WHAT SHOULD YOU BUY?
At the end of the day, the Apple Watch purchase decision is driven more by individual preference than by cost considerations. Colour selection is simple, and sizing is determined by the wearer’s wrist circumference. The Apple Watch SE is the way to go if you want a basic Apple Watch without breaking the bank. Since the Apple Watch Series 8 differs little from the Apple Watch Series 7, this is where a lot of consideration is required for those who have been upgrading annually. However, if you’re upgrading from an older Apple Watch model, say the Series 5, the Series 8 is worth the cost.
The Apple Watch Ultra is a high-end device designed for demanding conditions, so it’s best used by someone who knows how to get the most out of it. Pro-athletes, cyclists, hikers, mud-activist training camps, and so on would benefit from this.