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Apple will unveil the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 at its “Wonderlust” event on September 12. Both smartwatches are rumored to have a similar design as their predecessors. However, according to Bloombergthese watches will feature a new version of Apple’s optical heart rate sensor instead of the third-gen heart rate sensor found in the Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra.
The Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 will also receive several upgrades in sensors and internal components, focusing on speed, accuracy, and efficiency. Additionally, like the iPhone 15 series, they will include the new U2 ultra-wideband chip to improve Find My capabilities.
Moreover, the Apple Watch’s performance will be a key focus this year, with Apple aiming to “demonstrate significant improvements in processing speed,” as reported by the publication. We have previously heard that the Watch Series 9 will be powered by a new A15-based SoC.
Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 9 will be available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, while the Watch Ultra 2, expected to be made with more recycled materials and offer a black color option, will only come in a single 49mm size.
Furthermore, Apple is testing 3D-printed cases for the Watch Series 9’s stainless steel models, and the Ultra line is expected to make the transition starting next year.
In addition, Apple is reportedly moving away from certain leather watch bands and may update or discontinue its stainless steel dial bracelets.
With the event just two days away, we will soon find out what the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 have to offer. In the meantime, if you’re planning to buy one, you can read our long-term review of the Apple Watch Series 8 here.