A new model generation every year: This applies not only to iPhones, but also to the Apple Watch. With the Series 9, Apple presented the latest version on Tuesday evening, which looks practically no different from its predecessors. The new Apple Watch is still available with an edge length of either 45 millimeters or slightly smaller in the 41 millimeter version. This time, Apple put the focus on a new S9 chip that promises more performance and, among other things, accelerates AI functions.
Among other things, this makes it possible to execute additional Siri functions locally, an Apple manager explained at the presentation. This should enable, for example, the query and entry of health data via the voice assistance system Siri. However, the function will only be introduced later this year and will initially only work in English and Mandarin. There is also a new ultra-wideband chip on board the watch, now called “U2”. It allows the iPhone to be precisely located in space if the iPhone also has a U2 chip – this is expected in the iPhone 15.
Apple is expanding the Watch’s controls to include a double-tap gesture that allows one-handed operation. The function is reminiscent of the quick actions already available, which are currently still available as an operating aid. They are also available on older watches. Bringing together the index finger and thumb of the hand on whose wrist the watch is worn makes it possible, among other things, to answer calls or turn off the ringing alarm clock.
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