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In addition to its new smartphones, the iPhone manufacturer Apple also presented three new smartwatches last week. Since Friday you can pre-order it. But who is which Apple Watch made for? What features are included with the Apple Watch Series 8 possible that with the Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) cannot be used? And what does she do? apple watch ultra so special? I answer these and other questions in this post. I also go into the size of the respective watches and other differences. Do you have any tips for making the right purchase decision? Then please leave a comment!
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In the following table you will find similarities and differences between the three new smartwatch models from Apple, both in terms of hardware and software. In addition to the size and price, the built-in sensors and the associated functions in watchOS 9 are also important when buying.
|Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)||Apple Watch Series 8||apple watch ultra|
|case size||40 mm or 44 mm||41 mm or 45 mm||49 mm|
|Display||Retina Display||Always-On Retina Display|
|Display brightness||up to 1.000 nits||up to 2.000 nits|
|water conservation||up to 50 meters||up to 100 meters|
|swimming and diving||Floating design||Swimming and diving up to 40 meters|
|Certification||-||Dust-proof according to IP6X||Dust-proof according to IP6X and certification according to EN13319 and MIL-STD 810H|
|heart rate measurement||Yes, including notifications for high or low frequency, irregular heart rhythm and cardio fitness|
|ECG and blood oxygen||-||ja|
|Siren for local emergency call||-||-||ja|
|Customizable action button||-||-||ja|
|more details||Specifications and more||Specifications and more||Specifications and more|
|Price||from € 299||from € 499||from € 999|
"SE" models of Apple devices are always stripped down versions of the main line. So all the new parts and features in this lineup come together this year in the Apple Watch Series 8, along with the proven features of previous versions. In the Apple Watch SE of the 2nd generation, as before in the first Apple Watch SE, the ECG function and the measurement of blood oxygen.
In addition, it is smaller and cheaper. One innovation that all models have received this year is accident detection. This provides an automatic emergency call in the event of a car accident. The Apple Watch SE 2 does not have the two new temperature sensors for ovulation estimation. In addition to economical users, the Apple Watch SE 2 is also advertised as part of family sharing, i.e. as a device for children.
The Apple Watch Ultra is made for use underwater, in adventurous situations and in competitive sports. The larger and brighter display should provide a quick overview of all the data you need when diving, in snow or sand storms, in triathlons and in other strenuous moments. And while the Apple Watch Series 8 comes with 18 hours of battery life (36 hours in low power mode), the Ultra model offers up to 36 hours of battery life (60 hours in low power mode).
But it's not just the hardware, including the titanium housing, protected digital crown and new action button, that's made for use in difficult situations. For diving there is the possibility to display the diving depth, the diving time and the water temperature. When navigating off-road and in the mountains, GPS functions are used to record the route. Athletes can select specific tracks or workout sections directly with the action button. In short: Apple wants to open up new, specialized target groups with the Apple Watch Ultra.
Available on all models: Fitness functions and action rings
The Apple Watch Series 8 is probably the model that brings the most value to everyday life, as it has all the new parts and features for watchOS 9. The 2nd generation Apple Watch SE is the slimmed-down model for kids and anyone who wants to save. It also brings the new accident detection and thus expands the fall detection, which has been included for some time. But there are no ECG, blood oxygen measurement and temperature measurement for the assessment of ovulation. The Apple Watch Ultra takes all the previous benefits of the main line and combines them with hardware and software designed for specific audiences. It is probably too much and too expensive for everyday use.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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