Initial impressions of Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 Double Tap accuracy, but challenging

Initial impressions of Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 Double Tap accuracy, but challenging

Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2: A Closer Look at the Latest Features

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Not much was leaked about the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 ahead of the company’s launch event today, and it might be because most of the changes weren’t easily photographed. But fear not, because I’ve got the inside scoop on some exciting new features that will make you want to rush out and buy one.

One of the biggest updates to the company’s flagship smartwatches is the S9 SiP (system-in-package), which promises better animations, on-device Siri processing, as well as a whole new gesture called Double Tap. Now, you might be wondering what on earth Double Tap is. Well, let me tell you, it’s a game-changer.

Imagine being able to answer calls, pause music, dismiss alarms, and more with just a simple pinch gesture in mid-air. That’s exactly what Double Tap allows you to do. It’s like magic at your fingertips, quite literally. But this isn’t Apple’s first attempt at gestures that minimize tapping the screen. They introduced Assistive Touch last year, but Double Tap feels like a more refined approach.

I had the opportunity to try out the Watch Ultra 2, and let me tell you, it’s impressive. By default, a quick pinch in mid-air brings up the Smart Stack, and continuing to double tap will scroll through individual cards. You can even customize it to launch the top card of your Smart Stack with subsequent pinches.

The recognition accuracy of the Watch Ultra 2 is surprisingly high. It didn’t get tricked by me clenching other fingers together, and it responded accurately when I quickly brought my thumb to my index finger pad. Apple utilizes the optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope to detect when you’re pinching. While it’s not foolproof, with some practice, users will quickly master the art of double tapping.

But why is Double Tap so exciting? Well, think about those times when you’re cooking or cleaning and hate getting dirt or smudges on your devices. Double Tap is perfect for those situations. It’s also handy when you’ve forgotten to start a workout during a run and the watch prompts you to launch one. It’s all about making life easier and more convenient.

The display of the Watch Ultra 2 is another game-changer. It can get as bright as 3,000 nits, which means it’s more readable even on a bright hike. And have you heard about the new Modular Ultra face? It’s amazing how much information Apple managed to squeeze into it. With content expanding all the way to the extreme edges of the screen, you can even find information about elevation or depth in the bottom bezel. (No, bezels aren’t screens, but Apple knows how to maximize their potential.)

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In terms of sustainability, Apple has taken strides to be net carbon neutral by 2030. As part of this effort, they have stopped selling leather bands and accessories and introduced FineWoven, a new material made from recycled materials. I had the chance to try on a FineWoven magnetic loop, and it felt just like a normal band. But the best part is that it has a suede-like feel while being environmentally friendly.

While the Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 may not appear to be massive upgrades at first glance, don’t be fooled. Features like Siri on-device and Double Tap enabled by the S9 SiP will make a meaningful change in the long run. The possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one for a more detailed review.

So, if you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, keep an eye out for the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2. They’re packed with exciting features that will enhance your daily life. Stay tuned for more updates and our comprehensive review!

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