September 26, 2023, 08:50
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The excitement surrounding Apple’s new releases is common knowledge. This time, the attention turns to the recently launched Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9. Thanks to iFixit’s meticulous detailed analysis, we were able to take a look at the new features and differences that these smart watches bring.
Apple Watch Ultra 2 with bigger battery
Upon disassembling the Apple Watch Ultra 2, iFixit discovered a slightly larger 564mAh battery, surpassing the 542mAh of the original Ultra version. Despite this increase, Apple maintains the promise of 36 hours of autonomy, similar to the previous model. But will this larger battery bring tangible benefits to users’ daily lives?
Regarding the processor, the new S9 SiP was identified, an expected evolution for this new generation of smartwatches from the brand. Other than that, iFixit did not register significant changes in the hardware constitution, leading to the conclusion that the Ultra 2 is, to a large extent, similar to its predecessor.
Apple Watch Series 9: small changes
As for the Apple Watch Series 9, the analysis revealed that it is quite similar to the previous model. The only visible modification was the introduction of a “spongy foam ring” at the rear, to replace the individual parts used in previous models. Even though it is a minor change, it is interesting to see how these small changes can have an impact on the user experience.
iFixit also highlighted that the 2023 models are significantly easier to disassemble, noting improvements in adhesive and cable management, which could influence the devices’ ease of repair.
“Double Tap” functionality: innovation or recycling?
Apple presented the “Double Tap” functionality as an innovation, but iFixit criticized this statement. According to the analysis, it is just a reproduction of existing accessibility features and, surprisingly, it does not require any additional hardware. This functionality will also not be available immediately after launch, which raises questions about its usefulness and implementation.
While iFixit’s in-depth review didn’t reveal any major surprises, it’s undeniable that the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Series 9 are solid devices. They remain valid options for consumers and companies looking for smartwatches with good performance, attractive features and reasonable battery life.
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