Apple event September 2023 is turning out to be a packed show, and among the announcements is the Apple Watch Series 9.
The Apple Watch Series 9 may seem like an iterative update compared to the Apple Watch Series 8And in many ways it is. We are looking at a very familiar design, similar health monitoring functions, etc. But there’s one big update that makes the Apple Watch Series 9 more exciting than you initially imagine, even next to the much flashier one. Apple Watch Ultra 2.
The Apple Watch Series 9 features a new S9 chip consisting of 5.6 billion transistors and a GPU that is 30% faster than the previous generation processor. It’s clearly “Apple’s most powerful watch chip yet.” It is said to offer system-wide improvements and completely new features.
The system in a package (SiP) is paired with a new 4-core neural engine that can process machine learning tasks up to two times faster compared to its predecessor.
Apple is focusing on making the Apple Watch Series 9 work better with its other devices, including the HomePod. The screen now drops to 1 nit brightness to save battery, so the Apple Watch Series 9 doesn’t shine like a torch in low-light environments. It can also reach 2000 nits for even better readability outdoors.
Apple Watch Series 9 includes a second-generation ultra-wideband (UWB) chip to enable precision tracking for iPhone 15 series. It will help you find a lost iPhone with visual, touch and audio guidance. It also allows for deeper integration between the Apple Watch and HomePod, so when you’re within four meters of a HomePod playing audio, the new Apple Watch Series 9 will launch Now Playing to control media.
The new Apple Watch works watchOS 10which was announced earlier this year at the WWDC event. Includes my favorite Snoopy watch face.an updated look for apps and widgets, new sports modes (including cycling, golf and tennis), and better mental health tracking with the Mindfulness app.
You can control Apple Watch Series 9 without touching the screen. Thanks to a new double-tap gesture, you can double-tap your index finger and thumb on the watch hand to quickly and conveniently perform many of the most common actions on Apple Watch Series 9.
You can use it to stop a stopwatch, play and pause music, snooze an alarm, answer and end a phone call, or click a photo with your iPhone camera. The gesture can also open the Smart Stack from the watch face, and another double tap will cycle through the widgets in the stack.
Thanks to the new chipset, Siri can finally be used on the Apple Watch. All Siri requests are now processed on the watch itself. It doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi or mobile networks for requests like starting a workout or setting a timer. You also get better dictation and access to the Siri Health app to answer your health and fitness queries.
The Apple Watch Series 9 features a new display that reaches 2,000 nits, which is double that of the Apple Watch Series 8. It will be useful for better readability in sunlight. It can also go down to just 1 nit, so you won’t feel uncomfortable looking at the watch in low-light environments.
The Apple Watch Series 9 is rated to last up to 18 hours, which is similar to the Series 8. Unfortunately, the new chip doesn’t appear to offer better battery life. However, it comes in a new pink color option. In addition, it is the first Apple product with a carbon neutral footprint.
Apple has also announced a bunch of new bands and watch faces. The first includes the FineWoven band that features 68% post-consumer content. According to the company, FineWoven has a suede-like feel. It is available in Magnetic Link and Modern Buckle bands. You no longer have leather options for Apple straps.
The company has also redesigned the Sport Loop band, which includes 82% recycled yarn. Apple has also worked with Nike and Hermès to offer more environmentally friendly strap options.
The Nike Sport Band comes with 32% or more recycled fluoroelastomer along with colored flakes made from excess bands that create a random pattern, making each band unique. On the other hand, the Hermès collection receives two new woven bands: Toile H and Twill Jump.
There’s a first-ever woven Apple Watch strap called Bridon that’s hand-braided in a bold chevron pattern, while Kilim is made of sporty, waterproof molded rubber and has a deployant clasp. You also get a new Hermès Radial watch face.
The Apple Watch Series 9 starts at $399. It will go on sale starting September 22, but you can pre-order the device right now on Apple’s website.
It is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes in Starlight, Midnight, Silver, Product Red, and a new pink aluminum case. There are three stainless steel options in gold, silver and graphite cases.