Apple Watch Ultra 2 adds new ultra-bright display, new features and more

Apple's rugged wearable has been updated with a new screen, new chip, new features and more

Apple Watch Ultra 2
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Apple announced the second generation Apple Watch Ultra at its annual event in Cupertino, California, as reported in our Apple Event 2023 live blog. Like the new Apple Watch Series 9 – and this is something we're used to from the brand – the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is more of an iterative step in the evolution of the rugged wearable as opposed to a complete redesign.

[Between us, it would've been strange if the second model in the line changed everything around. The original Apple Watch Ultra was pretty innovative as it was.]

The most significant improvement is the new, brighter display with a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits. In case you aren't a technical nerd, the maximum light output of the Apple Watch Series 9 is 2,000 nits – the Ultra 2's display is 50% brighter!

And the new screen isn't just brighter, but it's also utilised more than before. To showcase the real power of the big, bold screen of the Ultra 2, Apple is introducing a new Modular Ultra watch face that takes advantage of the large display, using the outermost edge to present real-time data, including seconds, altitude, or depth.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

The new modular watch face

(Image credit: Apple)

The Apple Watch Ultra also received the Apple S9 chip treatment. Apple’s most powerful watch chip yet delivers systemwide improvements and brand-new features, including a new double tap gesture and on-device Siri with the ability to access and log health data privately and securely. 

Plus, just like the new Apple Watch Series 9, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is a carbon-neutral product if you buy the watch with select straps. Apple claims emissions were reduced from the three biggest sources of greenhouse gases — materials, electricity, and transportation. The small amount of emissions remaining are offset by high-quality carbon credits from nature-based projects.

Of course, the new wearable will run WatchOS 10 with all its advanced cycling and hiking features. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 can be ordered today, with availability beginning Friday, September 22. Recommended retail price of $799 / £799. Find out more about the best Apple Watches available now in our roundup.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.