At the last pre­sen­ta­tion of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the Cuper­ti­no not only updat­ed the cur­rent watch lines with Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Series SE 2, but also demon­strat­ed a com­plete­ly new gad­get for the com­pa­ny — the Apple Watch Ultra.

To the point:

▶ What is the dif­fer­ence between Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Series 7

▶ What is the dif­fer­ence between Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2

The new watch will cost twice as much as the “reg­u­lar” mod­el, Series 8. We decid­ed to com­pare the two gad­gets to under­stand where such a dif­fer­ence in price came from.

1. Dimensions and design

Top Apple Watch Ultra received new dimen­sions and is now the largest clock designed in Cuper­ti­no. Device avail­able in one size 49 x 44 x 14.4mmthe weight 61.3 g.

The case is made of tita­ni­um used in the aero­space indus­try. The front sur­face is flat with­out round­ing around the perime­ter, the dis­play is pro­tect­ed by sap­phire crys­tal. There is only one metal­lic col­or avail­able with­out paint­ing.

The body design has been com­plete­ly redesigned. The edges have become more strict, the size of the con­trols has increased, an addi­tion­al cus­tomiz­able but­ton has appeared.

Hous­ing pro­tect­ed from dust as stan­dard IP6X. The gad­get has been cer­ti­fied accord­ing to the US mil­i­tary stan­dard MIL-STD 810H (allows you to use the device in the field and camp­ing con­di­tions) and meets the require­ments of the Euro­pean stan­dard DIN EN 13319 (for devices oper­at­ing under water and suit­able for div­ing).

The spec­i­fi­ca­tions allow the watch to be sub­merged up to 100 metershow­ev­er, with reg­u­lar div­ing it is not rec­om­mend­ed to dive deep­er with the gad­get 40 meters. With the device, you can engage in water activ­i­ties that are asso­ci­at­ed with a high speed of move­ment, such as water ski­ing.

Ordi­nary watch Apple Watch Series 8 are pro­duced in the same design of the line and have the usu­al dimen­sions for the com­pa­ny’s gad­gets. Two device mod­els are avail­able: 45 mm and 41 mm. Dimen­sions are: 45 x 39 x 10.7 mm or 41 x 35 x 10.7mm. Weight fluc­tu­ates from 32 to 51.5 g (depend­ing on size, avail­abil­i­ty of cel­lu­lar mod­ule and hous­ing mate­ri­als).

The body of the device is made of alu­minum, steel mod­els will be avail­able in some coun­tries. The front sur­face is pro­tect­ed by Ion‑X glass for alu­minum watch­es and sap­phire glass for steel mod­els.

The watch is avail­able in four col­ors: black, white, gold and Prod­uct RED (alu­minum mod­els only).

Hous­ing pro­tect­ed from dust as stan­dard IP6X. Declared the pos­si­bil­i­ty of div­ing to a depth up to 50 meters. It is not rec­om­mend­ed to engage in water sports that are asso­ci­at­ed with mov­ing at high speed with a watch.


Apple Watch Ultra equipped with a 49 mm dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion 410 x 502 pix­els. Com­pared to the first gen­er­a­tion Apple Watch 4–6/SE, the screen is larg­er by 27%.

The max­i­mum screen bright­ness is 2000 nits. Sup­port­ed Tech­nol­o­gy Always Onexclu­sive dial avail­able Wayfind­er and night mode, which is handy in low light con­di­tions.

Apple Watch Series 8 equipped with 45 mm dis­plays (396 x 484 pix­els) and 41 mm (352 x 430 pix­els). Com­pared to the first gen­er­a­tion Apple Watch 4–6/SE, the screen is larg­er by 20%.

Max­i­mum matrix bright­ness 1000 nits. There is tech­nol­o­gy sup­port Always On.

3. Sensors and sensors

Apple Watch Ultra at the moment are the most sophis­ti­cat­ed and tech­no­log­i­cal Apple watch­es.

The device is able to mea­sure the pulse, the lev­el of oxy­gen in the blood, ECG, noti­fy of an increased or decreased heart rate, and fix arrhyth­mia. Of the new fea­tures of the gad­get, it should be not­ed a tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ment sen­sor and track­ing ovu­la­tion cycles.

The watch received a new tech­nol­o­gy for detect­ing car acci­dents and satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions (the abil­i­ty to send an emer­gency sig­nal via satel­lite). The gad­get can detect the fall of the user.

The device has a com­pass, altime­ter, accelerom­e­ter and gyro­scope. Unique to this device are a depth gauge, a water tem­per­a­ture sen­sor and a ded­i­cat­ed dive track­ing app.

Respon­si­ble for per­for­mance 64-bit dual-core S8 proces­sor.

Apple Watch Series 8 has a sim­i­lar set of fea­tures. The watch can mea­sure the pulse, blood oxy­gen lev­el, ECG, noti­fy about arrhyth­mia or increased / decreased heart rate. The gad­get received a built-in ther­mome­ter and an appli­ca­tion for track­ing ovu­la­tion cycles.

The watch can detect a fall or car acci­dents involv­ing the user and send an emer­gency sig­nal via satel­lite.

The body of the device has a com­pass, altime­ter, accelerom­e­ter and gyro­scope.

The clock is con­trolled by 64-bit S8 proces­sor

4. Other differences

Apple Watch Ultra are sold in just one mod­i­fi­ca­tion of GPS + Cel­lu­lar, and in the mod­el range Apple Watch Series 8 for a mod­el with a cel­lu­lar mod­ule, you will have to pay $100 extra.

► In Apple Watch Ultra installed emer­gency siren vol­ume 86 deci­belsthat can be heard from a dis­tance up to 180 meters.

► On the body Apple Watch Ultra there is addi­tion­al but­tonwhose action can be recon­fig­ured in the sys­tem set­tings.

► Clock Apple Watch Ultra have more accu­rate dual-band GPS (L1 and L5), while oth­er Apple smart­watch­es have a con­ven­tion­al sin­gle-band GPS mod­ule.

► Espe­cial­ly for Apple Watch Ultra devel­oped a cou­ple of new straps: Alpine Loop and ocean band.

Apple Watch Ultra received a dual speak­er sys­tem and three micro­phones.

► Dif­fers installed in devices blue­tooth mod­uleat the clock Ultra this is Blue­tooth 5.3and in Series 8 — Blue­tooth 5.0

auton­o­my Apple Watch Ultra can reach 36 hours. Users Apple Watch Series 8 can count for 18 hours oper­a­tion.

All differences briefly


⌚ Dimen­sions of more expen­sive watch­es Ultra very dif­fer­ent from nor­mal sizes. Apple Watch. The gad­get is sig­nif­i­cant­ly larg­er and slight­ly heav­ier than the usu­al line. If you’re used to the small­er 41mm mod­el, the Ultra might be a lit­tle too bulky. The reduced mod­el is not pro­vid­ed.

Apple Watch Ultra Avail­able only in metal­lic tita­ni­um case. When choos­ing Apple Watch Series 8 You can choose the appro­pri­ate body mate­ri­als and col­or.

⌚ Mod­el dis­play Ultra more (49mm vs 41/45mm), much more impor­tant is the dou­bling of the matrix bright­ness (2000 nits vs 1000).

Screen Ultra closed with a flat sap­phire crys­tal, and the dis­play Series 8 has a round­ed perime­ter and is pro­tect­ed by a sap­phire crys­tal only in steel mod­els.

⌚ The set of sen­sors and sen­sors is sim­i­lar for the mod­els. Mod­el Ultra fea­tures a depth gauge, water tem­per­a­ture gauge and div­ing app.

Both devices have the same proces­sor and sup­port all the chips shown in the pre­sen­ta­tion (satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions and fix­ing car acci­dents).

⌚ From oth­er watch fea­tures Ultra it is worth not­ing the sound alarm, an addi­tion­al cus­tomiz­able but­ton, dual-band GPS and bet­ter auton­o­my.

Even with this set of para­me­ters Apple Watch Ultra do not look like a pro­fes­sion­al mea­sur­ing tool for divers, rock climbers or extreme sports­men. We have already had time to doubt the posi­tion­ing of watch­es and their place next to the cen­te­nar­i­ans of the pro­posed niche.

It is dif­fi­cult to con­sid­er the device as a suf­fi­cient­ly autonomous and inde­struc­tible com­put­er that will sur­vive in real­ly dif­fi­cult oper­at­ing con­di­tions.

With these para­me­ters, the price tag $799 per Apple Watch Ultra looks over­priced. This is a very niche gad­get for smart­watch super­fans. If this is not for you, the Series 6, 7 and even more so 8 mod­els will be the best choice.