5 Wished Features for Apple’s Watch Ultra 2

5 Wished Features for Apple's Watch Ultra 2

Apple Watch Ultra 2: What We Hope to See in the Next Generation

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple’s next major event is happening tomorrow, Sept. 12, and we’re expecting to see a new iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and possibly the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra. As someone who has been wearing the current Ultra for almost a year, I can confidently say that it is the best Apple Watch money can buy. However, there are certainly features I’d love to see in the next version that would make it even better.

One of the updates that has been previewed in the public beta of WatchOS 10 is the addition of topographic maps and support for Bluetooth accessories, including power meter pedals. These additions go a long way in helping the Apple Watch Ultra stand out as a top-tier smartwatch. However, I hope to see even more safety- and sports-focused options in the Ultra 2.

Two sizes to suit more wrists

I love wearing sports and outdoor watches, but sometimes they can be too big for everyday wear. As someone with a relatively small wrist measuring 152mm, I find that the current 49mm Ultra fits well, but it may overwhelm those with smaller wrists. Offering another size option would make the Ultra more appealing to people who desire a rugged watch with a smaller case size.

In addition, the Apple Watch Series comes in a number of different finishes, so why not the Ultra? Currently, the titanium Ultra is only available in one color. Rumors have surfaced about a darker titanium finish, which I think would pair nicely with the midnight ocean band Apple already sells.

Apple Watch Ultra on wrist

Emergency SOS via Satellite on the Apple Watch

One standout feature of the iPhone 14 is Emergency SOS via Satellite, which allows users to communicate with an emergency dispatcher even when out of cellular range. This new safety tool has already saved lives, so it would make sense to bring it to the Apple Watch Ultra 2. For those who use the Ultra as an outdoor adventure watch, this would be an incredibly valuable safety feature.

WatchOS 10 already supports SOS waypoints in the compass app, allowing users to visually see the last spot they had a cell signal. However, this requires tracking back to that location. The Ultra already has a built-in siren, fall detection, and Emergency SOS that work when there is cell service. Therefore, it seems logical to include additional off-grid safety tools like satellite connectivity in the Ultra 2.

Emergency SOS via Satellite

A built-in flashlight for extra safety

All Apple Watches have a screen-based flashlight that can be turned on from the Control Center. However, if you’re like me and walk or run when it gets dark, having the entire screen taken up with the light is not practical. It would be fantastic to have a built-in flashlight that can illuminate the path in front of you.

The Garmin Fenix 7 Pro series already has a similar built-in LED, and it has proven to be a valuable safety tool. Not only can you adjust the brightness level, but you can also change the color to a red light or even have the light strobe or pulse to alert others to your location.

Built-in flashlight

Slimmer bezels and a new processor

A key design element of the Apple Watch Ultra is its flat screen. However, when using anything other than a watch face with a black background, you can see some of the bezel around the display’s edge. To truly maximize the 49mm case size, a true edge-to-edge display that goes right up to the case would be incredible.

It would also be great to see the always-on display do more than it can now. Many readers and viewers have asked for a watch that can show a seconds count on the display at all times. A newer processor might make this possible, but at the moment, it’s just speculation.

Smaller bezels

Recovery metrics to help you train better

The Apple Watch already tracks a wide range of health and fitness stats, including VO2 Max, sleep quality, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate variability. In the Ultra 2, it would be amazing to see these metrics interpreted to provide recovery metrics, similar to what other sports and endurance watches offer.

Having guidance to help identify how a bad night’s sleep might impact your training readiness the next day would be invaluable. Visual indicators, such as an extra ring in the Activity app, could show if you’re ready to tackle a workout or indicate how “charged” you are based on the previous day’s activity and sleep quality. Customized suggestions for workouts from Fitness+ based on your readiness would be an added bonus.

Similar features already exist on other sports watches. Garmin’s Body Battery indicates how your body is coping with a training routine, while Polar shows metrics like cardio and muscle load after a workout. Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score ranks your readiness out of 100 and suggests workouts based on your score.

Recovery metrics

As we eagerly await the announcement of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, these are the features that I, and many others, hope to see in the next generation. With a smaller case size, emergency SOS via satellite, a built-in flashlight, slimmer bezels, and improved recovery metrics, the Ultra 2 would continue to be the ultimate smartwatch for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts.