For the first time since 2020’s Series 6, Apple has updated the chip that powers the Apple Watch. The new SiP (System in a Package) S9 chip features enhanced CPU and GPU performance. Users can expect quicker loading times for apps and a more responsive user interface.
The S9 SiP also includes an updated version of Apple’s ultra-wideband chip, designed to offer “spatial awareness”. This technology allows for precise location detection of nearby devices equipped with the same chip. With more accurate ultra-wideband capabilities, users can take advantage of new features in Apple’s Find My network.
While the Series 9 does not introduce any groundbreaking health features, it does sport a more accurate heart rate sensor. Additionally, a new gyroscope has been included, which enables a double-tap gesture, allowing users to control the device without touching the screen.
Another noteworthy upgrade is the brighter display, which can reach up to 2000 nits of brightness. Interestingly, the display can also go down to just 1 nit when the watch is not in active use, likely contributing to better battery efficiency.
The Apple Watch Series 9 starts at $399 and comes in two size options: 41mm and 45mm. Both sizes are available in aluminum and stainless steel finishes.
Pre-orders for the new smartwatch open today, and it will be officially available in stores from next Friday, September 22.