When it comes to watches, if you want to play The Rock, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Hemsworth or any of the famous blockbuster icons, there’s really only one tool to get the job done besides an amazing set of massive biceps. In many cases, Panerai’s massive Luminor collection has proven to be an essential wrist companion, but if Apple’s new Watch Ultra lives up to its first impression, it could very well inspire the next big thing in smartwatches.
The new Apple Watch Ultra
Launched alongside the new iPhone 14 line and updates to the beloved AirPod Pro headphones, this new addition to Apple’s best-selling timepiece – a line that sells more units annually than the entire Swiss watch industry combined – is a huge deal for wearables.
A lot of that is due to its massive size, but the Watch Pro also marks Apple’s first watch design since the device was introduced in 2015. Assuming you overlook the 18-carat gold Apple Watch worn by Beyonce and Jay-Z around the same time, it’s also the first premium Apple Watch built for mass consumption. related forms of self-abuse. So while Panerai purists can rest on their laurels, that’s not the case for sports watch specialists like Garmin.
Live from Apple Park in Cupertino, here’s everything you need to know about this smartwatch behemoth.
Multi sport smarts
For maximum appeal to triathletes, hardcore divers and general masochists, Apple Watch Ultra is equipped with a host of powerful new features. A redesigned, sophisticated dual-frequency GPS satellite system provides more accurate results, even in places where location data may have been incomplete before. The upgraded Compass app provides more information when hiking, including a way to retrace your route if you get lost in the great outdoors. Perhaps most importantly, a customizable big red “action button” (yes, Apple only) provides precise accuracy when you want to get an accurate handle on PB times, such as when switching races between a multidisciplinary swim and bike leg.