As the old adage goes, all good things come in threes. Apple, which usually releases one smartwatch per year, just offered us the launch of three new Apple Watches, including an Apple Watch ultra, the Apple Watch Series 8 and a new Apple Watch SE.
The Apple Watch ultra was clearly the star of the show. It’s a completely new wearable device for the company, featuring a huge 49mm titanium case with a more rugged design, aimed at extreme sports athletes.
It features a bright 2,000 nit (deep breath hour) display, ideal for viewing in bright sunlight; the digital crown is larger; there are new sensors and metrics; and there’s a new “action button” on the side for a variety of settings. It also has larger speakers, and Apple claims you can get up to 60 hours of battery life.
That’s not to say that the original Apple Watch series line-up hasn’t received accurate updates either. The Apple Watch 8 Series now features a temperature sensor, capable of monitoring body temperature at night, as well as motion sensors to detect traffic accidents and a new low-power mode to keep the watch running. up to 36 hours. As for the second-generation Apple Watch SE, it now boasts the new S8 chip and features the same traffic accident detection sensor found in more expensive models.
Unlike the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 pro, which open for pre-orders this Friday, the Apple Watch ultra, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are already available for pre-order now, with third-party retailers. and mobile operators expected to make the next-generation Apple Watch available for pre-order tomorrow. Here’s everything you need to know about the brand new smartwatches.
How much do the Apple Watch ultra, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2 cost in the UK?
The Apple Watch ultra costs £ 849 and is only available in one size with a combined GPS / cellular setup. There are also three different types of straps to pair the watch with, called the Alpine Loop Band, Ocean Band, and Trail Loop, and are aimed at hikers, divers and runners respectively.
The Apple Watch Series 8 starts at £ 419 for the standard 41mm model with GPS or £ 449 for the 45mm version. If you want an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity, prices start at £ 529 for the 41mm combo GPS model or £ 549 for the 45mm model.
The Apple Watch SE starts at £ 259 for the standard GPS model of the 40mm model and £ 299 for the 44mm model. If you want GPS and cellular connectivity, prices start at £ 349.
Where can you pre-order the Apple Watch ultra, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE in the UK?
At the time of writing, Apple is the only retailer with all three Apple Watches available for pre-order. Mobile operators like EE, O2 and Three are expected to make the trio of watches available for pre-order starting September 9, followed by third-party retailers including Amazon, Currys and John Lewis & Partners.
The Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch SE will ship on September 16. While the Apple Watch ultra will ship a little later, on September 23rd.
You can currently pre-order the Apple Watch ultra (£ 849, Apple.com), Apple Watch Series 8 (starting at £ 419, Apple.com) and Apple Watch SE (starting at £ 259, Apple.com) directly from Apple.
The reseller has some trade-in offers available. If you exchange an eligible watch at the time of purchase, Apple will refund you up to £ 180.
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