There’s a lot I love about the Apple Watch Ultra — its Action Button, its bright screen, and the emergency siren, which helps me feel safe when I’m running alone with just my unruly cocker spaniel for company. Yet the one downside to me was the size of the watch. While the 1.92-inch screen is undoubtedly bright and beautiful, on my wrists, the large bezel dug into my wrist bone, making the watch a little heavy and uncomfortable to wear 24/7. So as rumors drop that in 2024, Apple’s Ultra 2 will have a 2.1-inch display, I’m not excited.
The leak comes from industry sources at Digitimes who expect a 2024 release date for the successor to one of the best smartwatches. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about a bigger, brighter screen, however — they started with speculation from industry analyst Jeff Pu earlier this year.
If this Apple Watch Ultra 2 rumor is true, count me out
While some users will, undoubtedly, be thrilled at the bigger screen, for those of us with petite wrists, I’m wondering whether all that heft will be a turn-off. The rumors suggest that the screen will not only be bigger, but it’ll also be brighter, as Apple switches from an AMOLED screen to a micro-LED. I love how bright the screen is on my Apple Watch Ultra, especially when I’m running in low light, and have found when I swap back to my Garmin Fenix 7, it’s practically dull in comparison.
That said, my Fenix 7 is, undoubtedly, more comfortable on my wrist. Change your wristband, I hear you cry, but I’ve been lucky enough to test all of the Apple Watch Ultra straps and while the Trail Loop is more comfortable on the run, it doesn’t stop the watch digging into my wrist when I try to sleep. I often find myself swapping back to my 41mm Apple Watch Series 8 on days when I don’t plan on run-commuting, or training on my lunch break, purely because it’s more comfortable when I'm sitting at my desk.
Perhaps I’m being unfair, however, as Apple made it very clear they designed this watch for adventure, not for hours sitting behind your desk. But I’d argue that if you’re spending $799/£849 on a watch, you want to wear it all the time. Maybe I have particularly small wrists, but I’m hoping if Apple does decide to supersize the Apple Watch Ultra, they also give users the option to choose a smaller watch too.
Hey, if a girl is dreaming, perhaps they could make a smaller version of the Ultra as they do across the rest of the Apple Watch line. I love the look and feel of the Ultra, and truly believe it’s the best Apple Watch on the market, especially for athletes, but wish it was just a few millimeters smaller.
Either way, we’ve probably got a year to wait to see if the rumors are indeed correct, so for now, I’ll keep dreaming my watch will magically shrink as it sits on my nightstand.