The long-anticipated Apple Watch Series 9 has finally arrived, and it is packed with enhanced performance and software upgrades. Notably, customers can go with the carbon-neutral version of any Apple Watch as well. Without further ado, let’s go through the official specs, features, availability, and expected price in Nepal of the new Apple Watch Series 9.
Apple Watch Series 9 Overview:
Design and Display
Apple has kept the design and display mostly unchanged, with the same square-shaped chassis available in 41mm or 45mm sizes in aluminum or stainless steel cases. There is a 1.69 or 1.9-inch curved Retina LTPO OLED screen with always-on display support. This screen can now achieve a peak brightness of up to 2,000 units, but aside from that, other display specifications remain identical to its predecessor.
In terms of build materials, the aluminum variant comes with an Ion-X glass display, while the stainless steel model offers the sapphire crystal glass. Like its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 9 does not offer a titanium casing. Straps are available in rubber, textile, or stainless steel. The weight varies between 31.9 grams and 51.6 grams, depending on the choice of case material and straps.
Regarding colors, the lineup offers options including Starlight, Midnight, Silver, (PRODUCT) RED, and a new Pink for the aluminum case. Stainless steel choices remain the same as the predecessor with Gold, Silver, and Graphite cases. Additionally, it is WR50 certified, which means the Watch Series 9 can survive as deep as 50 meters underwater. On top of that, it is also IP6X dust-resistant.
A new chip, finally
Yep, Apple has finally brought a notable performance boost with its new smartwatch. The new S9 SiP (System in Package) powering the Watch Series 9 is based on Apple’s A15 Bionic. This new dual-core CPU has 5.6 billion transistors — 60% more than the S8.
It also includes a new 4-core Neural Engine that can process machine learning tasks up to two times faster speed. The S9 SiP includes an upgraded ultra-wideband (UWB) chip, similar to the U1 chip, enabling precise location detection of nearby devices also equipped with this technology. It also brings a double-tap gesture, a faster Siri with health data access, precision finding for iPhone, and more.
Likewise, the Apple Watch Series 9 is the first model to offer 64GB storage, marking the first storage upgrade since the Apple Watch Series 5, which had 32GB of onboard storage. WatchOS 10 is the biggest highlight of Apple’s next smartwatches. Importantly, it won’t only be for the new Apple Watch Series 9; it will also be available for existing Apple Watches, including the Watch Series 4 and newer models.
The Apple Watch Series 9 introduces advanced health monitoring with its accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor, equipped with a machine-learning algorithm. This algorithm detects unique wrist movements and blood flow changes upon a double-tap gesture (tap the index finger and thumb of their watch hand together), which is set to arrive in an upcoming software update next month.
The watch also offers mental health support tools. Additionally, it features health-focused apps and notifications, such as blood oxygen, temperature, ECG, heart rate alerts, irregular rhythm detection, and low cardio alerts, ensuring health tracking and timely warnings.
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Rest of the specs
The Apple Watch Series 9 surely does have several new software features though, including the smart stack, new watch faces (Snoopy, Palette, Solar Analog, and Nike Globe), and enhanced cycling and hiking features.
Siri can now process requests on the watch itself, independent of WiFi or cellular networks, resulting in quicker responses. Additionally, there are improvements in dictation accuracy, making Siri’s performance 25% better here than on the Series 8.
The Apple Watch Series 9 utilizes the digital crown, Taptic engine, and gestures such as tapping, swiping, wrist raising, and cover to mute for intuitive interactions too. Users can easily handle calls, control music, use it as a camera shutter, and perform tasks in their daily activities. As always, Apple is also throwing in three months of Apple Fitness+ subscription on the purchase of any new Apple Watch.
Unfortunately, the much-anticipated “Multiple Device Pairing” feature is nowhere to be found in the public beta. So, you’re still stuck on connecting your Apple Watch to a single iPhone, although the “Health” app is now available for iPads too.
As for the battery, the Watch Series 9 is rated to last 18 hours under normal usage. It can stretch to 36 hours in Low Power Mode. These claims are nothing new since this is what Apple promised with its predecessor too. The Series 9 does come with fast charging, but we don’t have the details on that just yet.
Apple Watch Series 9 Specifications:
- Dimensions (H x W x L):
- 41mm: 41 x 35 x 10.7mm
- 45mm: 45 x 38 x 10.7mm
- 41mm: 31.9~32.1 gm (Aluminum) | 42.3 gm (Stainless steel)
- 45mm: 38.7~39.0 gm (Aluminum) | 51.5 gm (Stainless steel)
- Display: Always-on Retina LTPO OLED panel, Up to 2,000 nits brightness, Ion-X glass (Aluminum) / Sapphire crystal (Stainless steel)
- 41mm: 1.69-inch
- 45mm: 1.9-inch
- Design: Aluminum / Stainless steel case, Digital crown with haptic feedback
- Water Resistance Level: WR50 (Up to 50 meters), IP6X dust resistant
- Sensors: Optical heart rate, Electrical heart rate, High-G accelerometer, Temperature, Gyroscope, Ambient light, Always-on altimeter
- Processor: Apple S9 chip (dual-core)
- Storage: 64GB (GPS and GPS + Cellular)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3, Dual-band WiFi (2.4/5GHz)
- Navigation: Built-in GPS, with Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
- Audio: Yes (with speaker and microphone)
- Battery: Up to 18 hours (or 36 hours under Low Power mode)
- Charging: USB-C fast magnetic charging cable
Apple Watch Series 9 Price in Nepal and Availability
In the US, the Apple Watch Series 9 starts at USD 399 for the 41mm WiFi-only model with an aluminum case. We expect the Apple Watch Series 9 price in Nepal to start from NPR 77,999 when it launches here shortly.
|Apple Watch Series 9||Price in the U.S||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|41mm (aluminum case, WiFi-only)||USD 399||NPR 77,999|
|45mm (aluminum case, WiFi-only)||USD 429||NPR 83,999|
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