Apple shows Watch Series 8, new Watch SE and sports model Watch Ultra

Apple showed several new Apple Watches on Wednesday evening. It concerns the Apple Watch Series 8, a new version of the cheaper Watch SE and the Watch Ultra, a robust sports watch.

The Watch Series 8 has an S8 chip and two temperature sensors, which measure the body temperature via the wrist and according to Apple notice ‘subtle differences’. The sensors are used, among other things, in the Cycle-tracking app, which can be used to map the fertility cycle in women. The temperature is then measured every five seconds at night. Since the information is encrypted, only the user can choose who has access to the health data. Apple says it can’t see the information itself either.

The smart watches also feature Car Crash Detection. Through the motion sensors and the gyroscope, the Watch Series 8 can detect when the user is involved in a car accident and call the emergency services. The function only works when the user is in the car and the information is stored and processed on the smartwatch itself.

A fully charged battery of the Watch Series 8 can last up to 18 hours. With the low power mode, the battery life is 36 hours. This saving mode is integrated in watchOS 9, which will be available for all Watches from Watch Series 4. Furthermore, the Watch Series 8 is water and dustproof.

The Watch Series 8 comes out on September 16 and comes in seven colors. The standard model costs 499 euros and the version with support for mobile networks costs 619 euros.

Apple Watch Series 8

The Watch SE features the same motion sensors as the Watch Series 8. It has almost the same design as its predecessor, which came out in 2020. Like the Watch Series 8, this watch has an S8 chip. The watch also contains fall detection, the Car Crash Detection that is also in the Series 8, a heart rate monitor and a compass. It appears in three colors. The regular version costs 299 euros and the cellular version costs 349 euros.

Apple Watch SE 2022

Last revealed Apple the Watch Ultra, which is 49mm in size. The watch case is made of titanium and the screen is made of sapphire glass. The brightness of the screen goes up to 2000 nits. The orange Action button can be customized for a variety of purposes, including workouts and a new backtrack feature. The watch has an ECG sensor, heart rate sensor, a blood saturation monitor and a sensor that measures body temperature. There is also a depth sounder for divers. The Watch Ultra is suitable for depths up to 40 meters and is tested according to the industry standard EN13319.

The Watch Ultra’s fully charged battery lasts up to 36 hours and can last up to 60 hours in power-saving mode. In that mode, the user can still measure their heart rate and use the GPS function.

The Watch Ultra has three built-in microphones to “significantly improve” call sound quality under all conditions. says Apple. An algorithm uses the microphones to pick up speech while reducing ambient noise. Furthermore, it supports connection to mobile networks and also has an S8 chip. The watch will be available from September 23 for 999 euros.

Update, 8.53 pm: Dollar prices adjusted to euro prices.