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$799 Apple Watch Ultra 2 features a new “double tab” gesture

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is available for pre-order now and will start shipping next week.

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The Apple Watch Ultra 2, announced alongside the Apple Watch Series 9, is a rugged smartwatch that doesn’t compromise on features or performance.

And just like its predecessor, the Ultra 2 is designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, but it comes with a few upgrades that set it apart. The new S9 chip powers the Ultra 2, offering improved performance and introducing an intuitive “double tap” gesture.

This feature, enabled through the S9 chip’s neural engine, allows users to perform common actions like answering calls or playing music with a simple tap of the thumb and finger.

Apple says this new gesture is all about making your smartwatch experience smoother and more convenient.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is a robust smartwatch designed for the active user. With a durable titanium case, dual-frequency GPS, and a battery life of up to 36 hours, it's built for endurance. Additional features include optical and electrical heart rate sensors, a blood oxygen sensor, and an accelerometer.

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The Ultra 2 also boasts a brighter display, clocking in at a whopping 3000 nits. That’s 50% brighter than the original Ultra, which means you’ll have no trouble checking your watch in direct sunlight.

And to make the most of this display, Apple has introduced the ‘Modular Ultra’ watch face.

This new feature provides additional data on the outer edge of the display, such as seconds, altitude, or depth, ensuring you have all the information you need right at your fingertips.

The Ultra 2 isn’t just about flashy features. It’s also committed to fitness and outdoor activities

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The watch offers expanded maximum and minimum altitude tracking, ANT+ support for power meters and cycling sensors, and new map views in watchOS 10 with elevation data. Plus, the Oceanic+ app now supports freediving, which is sure to please the adventurers among us.

As for the battery life, it remains steady at 36 hours. But what’s really impressive is the Ultra 2’s commitment to sustainability.

The Alpine and Trail bands are made from 95% recycled titanium materials, demonstrating Apple’s ongoing commitment to the environment.

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is available for pre-order now and will start shipping next week. It’s priced at $799, so it’s time to start saving if you want to get your hands on this rugged, feature-packed smartwatch.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is a robust smartwatch designed for the active user. With a durable titanium case, dual-frequency GPS, and a battery life of up to 36 hours, it's built for endurance. Additional features include optical and electrical heart rate sensors, a blood oxygen sensor, and an accelerometer.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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