Apple Watch Ultra 2 latest rumors and our wishlist | ENBLE

Apple Watch Ultra 2 latest rumors and our wishlist | ENBLE

The Highly Anticipated Apple Watch Ultra 2: Rumors and Hopes

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Joe Maring/Digital Trends / ENBLE

When the Apple Watch Ultra was first introduced, it took the market by storm. Positioned as an outdoor adventure smartwatch with exceptional features and craftsmanship, it quickly gained a devoted following. However, its high price and bulky size rendered it unsuitable for some users. Despite this, the Apple Watch Ultra received a perfect score in our review and continues to impress.

As rumors circulate about the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra 2, some speculate that not much will change compared to the original model. Nevertheless, our expectations remain high. So, let’s delve into the latest rumors surrounding the Apple Watch Ultra 2, as well as the features we hope to see.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Design

Apple Watch Ultra 2 mockup Photo by ShrimpApplePro / Twitter

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is expected to maintain the impressive design of its predecessor. However, rumors suggest that a new color option, dark titanium, may be introduced alongside the existing natural titanium finish. A leaked image shared by reliable leaker ShrimpApplePro gives us a glimpse of this new color.

Apart from this change, we don’t anticipate any significant design alterations for the Apple Watch Ultra 2. While this may disappoint those who found the original model too large, those who enjoyed it will feel right at home with the Apple Watch Ultra 2.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Specs

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Joe Maring / ENBLE

The upcoming Apple Watch lineup is rumored to include the Apple Watch Series 9 in sizes of 41mm and 45mm, alongside the Apple Watch Ultra 2. However, the successor to the Apple Watch SE 2 is not expected to launch until 2024.

The entire 2023 Apple Watch lineup is anticipated to feature the all-new S9 processor, which promises significant performance improvements compared to previous models. This new processor, based on the A15 Bionic chip introduced in the iPhone 13 series, has the potential to enhance app responsiveness and overall performance. It remains to be seen if Apple will use this added processing power to unveil new features. Only time will tell.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Battery and Charging

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Andy Boxall / ENBLE

With the improved performance brought by the new S9 processor, users can also expect longer battery life from the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Currently, the Apple Watch Ultra boasts a battery life of up to 36 hours, double that of the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2, which last up to 18 hours.

Could the battery life of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 extend to 40 or even 42 hours? Any increase in battery life would be welcome news, especially considering that the new Ultra is expected to offer no new features apart from those provided by the watchOS 10 update.

For recharging, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is expected to come with a Magnetic Fast Charger and a USB-C cable.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Release Date

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Joe Maring / ENBLE

As per rumors, Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 15 series in mid-September, with the release expected about a week later. Typically, Apple announces its new Apple Watch models at the same event as the iPhone, so it’s likely that the Apple Watch Ultra 2 will be revealed at this time.

If you’re eager to be among the first to own an Apple Watch Ultra 2, you can expect the opportunity to purchase it before the beginning of October.

Apple Watch Ultra 2: Price

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Andy Boxall / ENBLE

The current Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799, and there have been no indications of a price increase for the newer model. While it’s possible that the dark titanium model may carry a higher price tag, this is uncertain.

Although $799 may seem expensive compared to the aluminum versions of the Apple Watch Series 8, it is only around $100 more than the stainless steel version. Moreover, it still falls short of the price of the Apple Watch Hermès, which starts at $1,229 for the least expensive option.

What We Hope to See in the Apple Watch Ultra 2

Don’t Make It Bigger

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Rumors have begun to circulate suggesting that the screen on the Apple Watch Ultra 2 may be larger than its predecessor. At first, this may cause concern, but as long as the case size remains the same, it shouldn’t be an issue. While the Apple Watch Ultra is undeniably larger than other watches, it remains manageable for those accustomed to wearing big timepieces or with larger wrists. Maintaining the same overall size while potentially increasing the screen size seems like the best approach.

In my experience with the Ultra, I have never thought, “I can’t see the screen.” While changing the screen technology for something more efficient or brighter may hold potential, altering the screen size currently doesn’t seem necessary. Therefore, maintaining the size of the Apple Watch Ultra for the Ultra 2 seems like the optimal course of action.

Make It Smaller

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Apple Watch Ultra with an Apple Watch SE 2 Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Although enlarging the Apple Watch Ultra 2 may not be desirable, making it smaller could be a beneficial move. The current size of the Ultra alienates users with smaller wrists or those who prefer wearing smaller watches. One of the reasons I dislike the Google Pixel Watch is its lack of size options, and I’m sure there are others who share this sentiment about the Apple Watch Ultra.

Apple must strike the right balance between size and battery capacity. If the Apple Watch Ultra 2 doesn’t offer significantly longer battery life than an Apple Watch Series 8 (or the upcoming Apple Watch Series 9), its design alone may not be enough to differentiate it, rendering it redundant. Given its purpose as a tool watch for outdoor enthusiasts, it shouldn’t compromise on size. However, by refining some external design elements, such as the button guards, Apple could potentially create a 47mm Apple Watch Ultra 2 that appeals to a broader audience.

Give It Satellite Connectivity

Satellite connectivity Photo by Apple

The iPhone 14 series offers satellite connectivity, and the Apple Watch Ultra already features LTE as a standard feature. However, to truly make the smartwatch stand alone and reliable in case of emergencies, Apple should consider adding satellite connectivity to the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Apple has pioneered this technology, but other companies are finding increasingly interesting and diverse uses for it, giving Apple an opportunity to maintain its lead by integrating it into a smartwatch.

Implementing satellite connectivity will undoubtedly pose technical challenges, and it won’t be a feature that appeals to everyone. However, it aligns with how hardcore Apple Watch Ultra owners use the device. As the Apple Watch Ultra 2 becomes less reliant on the iPhone, incorporating the same emergency tools as the iPhone would eliminate any compromises associated with leaving your phone behind.

Package It with a Cheaper, Everyday Band

Apple Watch Ultra with Solo Loop Photo by Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Apple Watch Ultra’s special bands are visually dramatic and complement the watch’s overall aesthetic. However, they may not be suitable for everyday wear. Despite its size, the Ultra can be worn all day, every day, as I recently discovered while using a simple silicone Solo Loop band. Packaging the Apple Watch Ultra 2 with a more practical and comfortable band, such as the Solo Loop, would broaden its appeal by toning down its outdoorsy style and reducing its visual impact. Creating a special Watch Ultra 2 color variant of the Solo Loop would retain some exclusivity while also making the watch more accessible. Ideally, if Apple could lower the overall price by $50 or $100 for an entry-level “comfort” version of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, it would be even more desirable.

Refine the Features

Apple Watch Ultra features Photo by Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

While I have yet to use the Apple Watch Ultra for wilderness hikes or deep-sea diving, there are aspects of its features that I have not fully explored or experienced disappointment with. However, many users have used the Apple Watch Ultra in these ways and are better positioned to identify areas for improvement.

The Ultra is Apple’s first attempt at a rugged smartwatch, and its new features were never expected to be perfect or please everyone. With the Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple should draw on the experiences of Ultra enthusiasts to refine the hiking, navigation, diving, and running features. For instance, comments from users who want native support for .GPX files, a more intelligent Back Track feature, or improved dive timing should inform the development of the Apple Watch Ultra 2.

If the Apple Watch Ultra 2 truly aims to surpass its predecessor, it should focus on these niche areas. The current model already excels for average users, making it challenging to measurably improve upon. Instead, Apple must build upon and refine the newly introduced features that make the Ultra an exceptional smartwatch for fitness and outdoor adventures. By listening to its dedicated user base, Apple can understand why some opt for Garmin smartwatches when they require more specialized functionality.

Time Is on Apple’s Side

Apple Watch Ultra Photo by Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Apple Watch Ultra is currently the best smartwatch on the market, provided you can accommodate its size and own an iPhone. You don’t need to utilize every outdoor-specific feature to appreciate its capabilities. Therefore, Apple may not need to replace the Ultra anytime soon, granting the company ample time to perfect the Apple Watch Ultra 2. While we may see a successor later this year, it’s more likely that the second-generation model will arrive in 2024. Hence, there’s no need to hold off on purchasing the Apple Watch Ultra now. Rest assured, it will not disappoint.

Ultimately, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 holds tremendous promise as an upgraded version of an already impressive smartwatch. While the rumors offer tantalizing possibilities, it’s important to remember that surprises may await us upon its release. So, let’s brace ourselves and prepare for what could be another groundbreaking addition to the Apple Watch lineup.