Apple Watch Ultra UK release date, price and how to pre-order today
One of the surprises from Apple's Far Out event was the unveiling of the Apple Watch Ultra: a premium smartwatch targeted at adventurers. Here’s everything we know about it.
There were a few products the RadioTimes.com team were certain would be revealed at Apple's Far Out virtual event, like the Apple iPhone 14 and the Apple Watch Series 8, but the Apple Watch Ultra was semi-unexpected.
The rugged Apple Watch Ultra is aimed at adventurers and elite athletes, and challenges competitors from Garmin and Polar.
It’s swim-proof, dust-proof and crack-resistant, and has up to 36-hours of battery life on a single charge, which Apple promises provides enough power for users to complete an ultra-triathlon. Not that the tech team are huge sports enthusiasts, but it’s nice to know if we were to swim, cycle and run for over an entire day, we could.
In comparison to previous smartwatches, the Apple Watch Ultra is very much positioned as an essential tool for adventurers' safety. It has extensive safety features including emergency calls, medical ID, and an 86-decibel siren which can be used to attract attention from up to 180m away.
How does the Apple Watch Ultra fare against the other new release, the Apple Watch Series 8? While the Apple Watch 8 is an upgraded version of the Apple Watch 7, the Apple Watch Ultra considers itself to be ground-breaking and revolutionary. Let’s find out if it is.
Here’s everything we know about the Apple Watch Ultra.
Apple Watch Ultra UK release date
You can pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra right now, and it will be available from 23rd September.
Apple Watch Ultra UK pricing and availability
A premium smartwatch comes with a premium price, and let’s just say this price tag is particularly high-end, at £849.
The Apple Watch Ultra is available to pre-order today, with the smartwatches being released on Friday 23rd September.
Here are the retailers the Apple Watch Ultra is available to pre-order from:
- Pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra for £849 at Very
- Pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra for £849 at Currys
- Pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra for £849 at AO
Apple Watch Ultra features
As we mentioned earlier, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra has features built for adventure, endurance, and exploration.
The all-new Wayfinder watch face is specifically designed for the larger Apple Watch Ultra display, and it includes a compass built into the dial.
The smartwatch has three built-in microphones to improve sound quality in voice calls during all conditions, and in windy environments, the Apple Watch Ultra uses advanced wind noise reduction algorithms to deliver clear audio.
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On top of that, the Apple Watch Ultra delivers the most accurate GPS of any Apple smartwatch, providing the wearer with the most precise distance, pace, and route data for training and competing.
For more features, here are the specs at a glance:
- 36-hour battery life
- Low-power setting up to 60 hours of battery life
- Three built-in microphones
- Background noise reduction
- Wind noise reduction
- Precision dual-frequency GPS
- Advanced running metrics
- Heart rate zones
- Custom workouts
- Compass waypoints
- On-wrist temperature
- WR100 for water sports
- Heart rate monitoring
- Blood oxygen and ECG apps
- Safety features like crash detection and fall detection
- Sleep tracking
Then, of course, calls and texts, music and Apple Pay.
Apple Watch Ultra design
The Apple Watch Ultra stands out from the crowd when compared with its predecessors, and that’s predominantly down to the straps and large display.
The 49mm titanium case and flat sapphire front crystal supports the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display — up to 2,000 nits — to date. The three straps are Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, and Ocean Band, and these are suited for various extreme sports. For example, Ocean Band would be used for diving.
Best Apple Watch Series 7 deals right now
The Apple Watch Series 7 entered the UK market priced from £369. With the announcement of the Apple Watch Ultra and the Series 7’s direct successor, the Apple Watch Series 8, the price of the Apple Watch 7 has come down. Here’s where you can get it cheaper.