The eighth generation of Apple’s smartwatches went official this evening. So the Apple Watch Series 8, as its name suggests, comes a year after the Series 7 with some interesting innovations and a range that now also includes The most affordable Ultra and SE 2 model.
Apple Watch Series 8
In terms of design, the Cupertino company does not revolutionize its formula and shows aesthetic conservatism with an always round and domed appearance.
Sensor developments: a temperature sensor In addition to checking The female menstrual cycle. Apple assures that its watch will be able to measure the temperature every five seconds with an accuracy worthy of a conventional thermometer.
Of course, data security is at the heart of the design specification: data stored on the watch will be fully encrypted, just like data sent to iCloud. A password is required to access it.
Another interesting novelty: the famous Low power mode, or Low Power Mode, as expected. The idea behind this is to extend the battery life from the usual 18 hours to 36 hours. Apple also promises international roaming, that is, calling abroad. This new feature is retroactive to Apple Watch Series 5.
Other new features include the watch’s ability to detect a car accident and provide an instant call to your favorite numbers.
price and production
Apple did not provide details on the dimensions of the product (screen, case), nor on the internal chip.
Apple Watch Series 8 will be available from September 16th: the 41mm GPS version costs €509, and the GPS + Cellular version costs €549. In the 48mm version, prices range from 549 to 669 euros respectively for the GPS and GPS + Cellular versions.
Apple Watch SE 2: The alternative for everyone
Along with the Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra, a new affordable smartwatch joins the catalog: Watch SE 2.
The design has been revamped to offer one 30% larger screen than Watch Series 3Radically reducing the carbon footprint of its production (-80%).
The Apple Watch SE 2 also gains in terms of functionality. For example, we find the same incident detection as the Apple Watch Series 8, but also Family Setup, the function that allows you to configure your children’s connected watch from their parents’ smartphone. A feature that was missing from the first SE watch. In addition, it is advertised as 20% faster than the previous generation. The other features are no different, except for fall detection, which is especially useful for the elderly.
price and production
The Apple Watch SE 2 will be available on September 16th starting at €309 for the 40mm GPS-only model and $359 for the GPS+ cellular model. The 44mm versions start at 349 and 399 euros, respectively. There will be three colors: Silver (silver), Midnight (dark blue) and Star (black).
Apple Watch Ultra
The premium smartwatch category was born. High price, high expectations regarding the features on offer. To start, this version super It stands out as it should from its brethren with a more refined design. The largest screen ever built into an Apple Watch will be twice as bright as any other display (2,000 nits).
A new orange button appears on the side. It will be used to activate shortcuts (for example, start exercises immediately). The Digital Crown is serrated and larger. There is also another tweeter to provide a louder volume, while the microphones will be able to pick up your voice better. The case is titanium and measures 49 mm. amazing.
Who is Apple Watch Ultra for? Simple, for athletes who practice extreme sports that require special resistance. The case is protected by a sapphire crystal to face any situation: from the desert at 55 degrees or on top of a mountain at -20 degrees.
Apple has improved its GPS capabilities with dual frequencies, L1 and L5, along with new custom geolocation algorithms. This model offers the most accurate GPS ever built for the Apple Watch.
The Compass application has also been improved: in particular, it allows you to set tags, for example, to find your tent. It is also possible to track the track if it is lost and return to the same track.
An alarm capable of emitting a sound of 86 decibels can also indicate presence at an altitude of 180 metres. With WR100 and EN 13319 certifications, Apple Watch Ultra easily resists water up to 40 meters.
In terms of autonomy, Apple promises up to 36 hours on a single charge. Better yet: A new optimization system due this fall will increase it to 60 hours.
price and production
The Apple Watch Ultra will be available for €1,099 in a GPS + Cellular version starting September 23rd.