The Apple Watch Ultra 2 targets outdoor enthusiasts with a robust feature set of activity trackers, enhanced durability, Apple’s best GPS technology, and a highly visible screen. Released in 2023, the Ultra 2 hits all the high notes for demanding smartwatch users. If you’re in the iOS ecosystem and plan on mountain climbing, scuba diving, trail running, or doing CrossFit, this is the Apple Watch for you.
Compared to the first version of the Ultra, the Ultra 2 presents a series of small upgrades. The screen brightness has increased by 1,000 nits, which means better visibility in full sunlight. The case is now made of 95% recycled titanium, as Apple is working toward carbon neutrality in its products by 2030. Naturally, the processor has been updated, though the gain in horsepower is really apparent only in a new gesture that the processor has enabled: Users can now double-tap their thumb and forefinger to activate the primary action of the app they are in, which means users can answer calls, silence alarms, play and pause music, and more, all without touching the watch.