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kscherer
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Join Date: Aug 2004
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2022-09-07, 14:46

Capella would have injected lots of details.
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chucker
 
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2022-09-07, 15:16

Ugh, the Apple Watch Compare page still doesn't have a drop-down with old models.

SE vs. old SE:
  • now starts at $249, down from $279. However, the $199 Series 3 is gone, so the minimum price is up.
  • cardio fitness notifications (maybe this is a watchOS 9 feature, though)
  • cycle tracking
  • crash detection
  • compass backtrack + waypoints
  • international roaming on the cellular model
  • new back case design
  • sleep stages (maybe this is a watchOS 9 feature, though)
  • S8 instead of S5
  • high-g accelerometer

Some nice stuff, but not a big upgrade. For example, even the Series 4 had an always-on display and ECG; the new SE still does not.

Series 8 vs. Series 7:
  • no more titanium option; that's Ultra-only (at least this time)
  • sleep stages (maybe this is a watchOS 9 feature, though)
  • Cycle tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates
  • compass backtrack + waypoints
  • international roaming on the cellular model
  • temperature sensor (seems to be only for ovulation detection for now?)
  • S7 instead of S7, but it's unclear what if anything this changes
  • high-g accelerometer

Ultra vs. Series 8:
  • stupid name
  • ugly button island on the right
  • left-side customizable button
  • 2000 nits instead of 1000. That's cool.
  • 49mm instead of 45 or 41
  • 100m water resistance instead of 50m
  • dive to 40m
  • depth gauge with water temperature sensor
  • 86-decibel siren
  • dual-frequency GPS instead of single-frequency
  • 36-hour battery life instead of 18
  • titanium instead of aluminum or stainless steel
  • three-mic array with beamforming; S8 is apparently single-mic
  • always cellular
  • dual speakers instead of single; 40% louder
  • Bluetooth 5.3 instead of 5.0. That's… strange.*

*) either the Ultra has 5.3 because it needs something in it, or the S8 and SE only have 5.0 because lots of internals didn't receive an upgrade this year.
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Yontsey
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Join Date: Apr 2005
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2022-09-07, 20:47

Can you not switch bands for the Ultra? I prefer the rubber bands for working out.
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chucker
 
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2022-09-07, 21:04

They have multiple Ultra-specific bands.

There’s apparently two and a half band sizes now: 38/40/41 as before for small watches, and 42/44/45/49 for larger ones (49 is the Ultra size), except for Solo Loops: those apparently will not fit the Ultra.
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drewprops
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
 
2022-09-07, 21:31

Hm. Comparing the Apple Watch 7, 8, and Ultra, I see that my 7 is actually still super competitive with the new watches.


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kscherer
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Join Date: Aug 2004
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2022-09-08, 11:24

Oh, and the Watch will no longer come with two band sizes in the box. You have to know what you need up front.
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turtle
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Join Date: Mar 2005
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2022-09-08, 13:29

Heh, I'm surprised Apple didn't give you a coupon to order the band size you need after getting the bare Watch.
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PB PM
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2022-09-08, 15:53

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Originally Posted by turtle View Post
Heh, I'm surprised Apple didn't give you a coupon to order the band size you need after getting the bare Watch.
I’m surprise Apple doesn’t sell the watch body, a means of attaching the strap, and the strap separately.
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