Apple Watch Series 9 Highlights
For the last several upgrade cycles, the Apple Watch’s processor saw no significant updates. The last notable enhancement was back in 2020 with the Series 6. This year's Apple Watch Series 9 incorporates the SiP (system in a package) S9, endowed with a speedier CPU and GPU. This enhancement promises users quicker app launch times and rapid system reboots.
Furthermore, the S9 SiP introduces an updated version of Apple’s ultra-wideband chip. Evolving from the U1 chip, this advanced chip offers "spatial awareness", enabling the watch to pinpoint the exact location of nearby devices using similar tech. Thanks to ultra wide-band precision, users will enjoy improved functionality with the Find My feature.
While the Apple Watch Series 9 doesn't introduce new health-focused functions, it does refine existing ones. The heart rate sensor now promises increased accuracy. Apple has also introduced a novel gyroscope, which, when paired with a double-tap finger gesture, allows users to navigate the Apple Watch without making screen contact.
In terms of display, Apple has outdone itself by offering a luminance level of up to 2000 nits. Conversely, when the watch is dormant, the brightness dims to a mere 1 nit.
Pricing and Launch Details
Starting at $399, the Apple Watch Series 9 is available in both 41mm and 45mm sizes, crafted from aluminum or stainless steel. Eager consumers can place their pre-orders immediately, with the watch set to hit shelves on Friday, September 22.