With the highly anticipated Apple Annual Event just on the horizon, speculation about the cutting-edge Apple Watch Ultra 2 is ablaze like wildfire.
Amidst the confusing deluge of online information, we have taken it upon ourselves to create this comprehensive guide, illuminating all that we currently know about Apple’s latest rugged wearable.
Much like the forthcoming Apple Watch Series 9, no official information has been released about the Apple Watch Ultra 2, leaving internet enthusiasts to fill the void with fervent speculations about this supreme wearable.
While we had hoped for some insight during the WatchOS 10 reveal in July, only thrilling news about hiking and cycling features emerged, leaving the information void surrounding the second iteration of the Apple Watch Ultra intact.
The Apple Watch Ultra has long been lauded as the ultimate Apple Watch and the leading smartwatch on the market, and we cannot help but concur, given its expansive display and commendable battery life.
The only drawback lies in its price tag, but fret not, as there are alternatives in the form of the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch SE 2 for those with budgetary constraints.
Expected Price and Availability of the Apple Watch Ultra 2
The original Apple Watch Ultra commands a hefty price of £849 / $799 / AU$ 1,299, making it the most expensive Apple wearable to date. Predicting the price of the upcoming Apple Watch 2 with just one iteration to go on is no simple task.
Nevertheless, it would not surprise us if the Apple Watch Ultra 2 retains the same price as its predecessor. Apple is known for selling its products at a premium, but they don’t necessarily raise the price with each new version. Otherwise, the standard Apple Watch would reach astronomical prices by now.
An excellent example of this pricing strategy is the Apple AirPods Pro. Despite significant improvements, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 headphones are sold at the same price as their predecessor. For the latest prices on all Apple wearables, take a look at T3’s best cheap Apple Watch deals.
The potential launch date of the Apple Watch Ultra 2
We eagerly anticipate the unveiling of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 at Apple’s annual event, which is traditionally held in September 2023. Historically, this event serves as the platform for announcing the latest generation of Apple products.
Previously, we believed the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 wouldn’t make an appearance until the year after next, but the latest rumors indicate that Apple might just surprise us with a release this year.
The Potential Design of Apple Watch Ultra 2
One thing is certain: if the Apple Watch Ultra 2 hits the shelves in 2023, it will not feature a MicroLED screen.
Speculations had suggested a 2024 launch for this model, but it appears more plausible that we won’t witness the arrival of the more attractive and energy-efficient version until 2025.
However, the introduction of a new black colorway seems highly likely. Leaks suggest that Apple had tested a darker titanium finish for the first-generation Apple Watch Ultra, although it never came to fruition.
This time, the company might finally unveil the Black Titanium model in 2023.
An even more thrilling development is the potential debut of the new S9 chip. According to a tipster, the updated processor promises a “substantial performance boost.”
Coupled with the dramatic changes brought about by watchOS 10, the 2023 Apple Watches could leap ahead significantly compared to last year’s wearables.
Furthermore, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 might incorporate 3D-printed parts. Reports indicate that Apple is actively embracing 3D printing technology, with some of the titanium mechanical components for the 2H23 Apple Watch Ultra being manufactured using this cutting-edge technique.
What to expect from the Apple Watch Ultra 2
Untangling new Apple Watch releases from the latest iteration of WatchOS is inevitable, as demonstrated by the symbiotic relationship between the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and WatchOS 10.
A more comprehensive overview of the new features can be found in our WatchOS 10 roundup, but to summarize, the new operating system will emphasize watch faces and the Digital Crown.
Distinguished from other Apple Watches by an additional button and increased screen real estate, the Apple Watch Ultra boasts unique features like Apple Precision Start. It is reasonable to expect that new and exclusive features will be introduced alongside the announcement of the Apple Watch Ultra 2.
The slight caveat when discussing new WatchOS features lies in the fact that they will also be available for older Apple Watches, thereby not exclusively reserved for the Apple Watch Ultra 2.
While we do not have any information on Ultra 2 exclusive features yet, we will be sure to list them here as soon as they come to light.