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Apple Watch 9, Watch Ultra 2: SiP 9, Double Tap feature are the best thing to happen to Apple’s wearables

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled its latest updates to the Apple Watch lineup. These new watches are now available for ordering and will begin shipping and being stocked in Apple Stores starting September 22.

We list some things that make the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Watch Ultra 2 not only the best smartwatch Apple has released to date but also possibly one of the best smartwatches, period.

New S9 Chip
The primary processor powering the Series 9 and Ultra 2 is the S9 chip, replacing the previous S8. The S9 brings a significant speed boost and improved power efficiency, resulting in better battery life. With an impressive 5.6 billion transistors, 60 percent more than the S8, and a 30 percent faster GPU, the S9 also includes a four-core Neural Engine twice as fast as its predecessor.

New Double-Tap Gesture
Thanks to the new Neural Engine, a fresh gesture called “double tap” has been introduced. By performing a double tap between your thumb and index finger on your watch hand, you can activate various actions on the Apple Watch, such as answering or ending a phone call or opening a Smart Stack on the watch. Double tap is a quick way to activate the primary button in watch apps.

2nd-gen UWB Chip
Apple’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) chips enable precise tracking of an object’s location nearby. The Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches feature a second-generation UWB chip, enhancing location tracking accuracy. It’s instrumental in the Find My app and can even locate an iPhone 15 in a different room, assuming it also has the U2 chip.

Brighter Displays
Both the Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches come with brighter displays. The Series 9 supports a maximum of 2,000 nits, while the Ultra 2 goes even further with up to 3,000. Even the always-on display is impressively bright, dimming to just one nit when active.

On-Device AI and Siri
Siri no longer relies on a Wi-Fi or cellular connection on these new watches. All Siri requests are processed directly on the device.

Apple Ultra 2 Features
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 includes additional features, such as a modular Ultra watch face that can display information, Bluetooth connectivity for cyclists’ equipment, and depth apps that save session logs for dives.

Colors and Bands
The external design of the Series 9 remains consistent with its predecessors, featuring a rounded square design with smooth corners, a Digital Crown, and a button beneath it. It’s available in various sizes and colors in aluminum or stainless steel. On the other hand, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is available in a 49mm size in titanium, with a notable dark titanium color option.

Apple has made sustainability a priority with its bands. The Sport Loop band is now crafted from 82% recycled yarn, and Nike watch bands incorporate recycled materials. Furthermore, Apple has phased out the use of leather in any product, including bars, and is now using a synthetic material called FineWoven, which offers a faux leather/suede feel.

Price and Availability
The Apple Watch Series 9 starts at Rs 41,900 for the aluminum, 41mm GPS version and goes up based on how one configures it. A 45mm GPS Apple Watch 9, with aluminium, would cost Rs 44,900

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is priced at Rs 89,900. Preorders are currently available, with the devices set to become available starting September 22.

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