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Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 review: Quiet evolution

Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 review: Quiet evolution

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is Apple's latest and greatest smartwatch.

Solid but unexciting

Can you believe the Apple Watch has been with us for 8 years now? I can remember the day when it was first announcedand that makes me feel very old. Apple has nailed the category more or less by now, so for the past couple of years, its watches only received incremental updates that are nice to have but won’t fundamentally change the way you use your watch. This year is more of the same, I’m afraid. Anyone expecting the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 to be a huge improvement over last year’s watches should look away now. Even so, there could still be something about them that might entice you.

The TL;DR version:The updates to this year’s watches may not be the most exciting, but they do improve the Apple Watch user experience in meaningful ways.

Admittedly, double tap is similar to AssistiveTouchin some ways, but there are a number of important differences. Double tap is enabled by default, runs system-wide, and is designed for contextual use. AssistiveTouch, on the other hand, requires set-up, works with a wider range of gestures, and was really designed for people to navigate their watches single-handedly. Apple also says that AssistiveTouch is more power-hungry as the feature is powered by the CPU. Double tap, however, was trained to run off the S9’s new quad-core Neural Engine, which partly explains why this feature is only available on the new Ultra 2 and Series 9.

Precision Finding

The Ultra 2 and Series 9 watches come with new second-generation Ultra Wideband (UWB) chips, which enable Precision Finding when used with a new iPhone 15 series phone. This is incredibly useful if you frequently misplace your phone and have difficulties finding it even with the existing Find iPhone feature of the Apple Watch. Check the feature out in action in the TikTok below.

@hwztech Precision Finding on the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 is awesome for people who have a habit of misplacing their iPhones. #hwz #hwzsg #apple #applewatchultra2 #precisionfinding #uwb #iphone15promax ♬ Animal baby – 上野燿< PrevPage 1 of 1 – Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 review: Quiet evolutionPage 1 of 1 – Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 review: Quiet evolutionPage 1 of 1 Page 1 of 1 – Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 review: Quiet evolutionNext >

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