After the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch events, Garmin responded to Apple’s new robust Apple Watch Ultra by claiming that it measures battery life in “months” and “not hours,” while also advertising its most recent Enduro 2 watch for athletes.
The Enduro 2 can last significantly longer depending on usage scenarios, even though the Apple Watch Ultra has the longest battery life of any Apple Watch to date, with Apple promising up to 36 hours of normal use and up to 60 hours with watchOS 9’s new Low Power Mode setting and other optimizations.
The Enduro 2’s battery life is advertised as lasting “up to 150 hours in GPS mode with solar charging” and “up to 34 days in smartwatch mode,” despite Garmin’s insistence that it calculates battery life in months. The Apple Watch Ultra’s nearly 2-inch display, which boasts the brightest Apple Watch display ever with a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, is smaller than the 1.4-inch solar-powered display on the Enduro 2.
A wide variety of cutting-edge sensors are also included in the Apple Watch Ultra, including a new body temperature sensor designed specifically for women’s health, the ability to conduct an ECG, measure blood oxygen level, and alarms for high and low heart rates.
The Enduro 2 cost a few hundred dollars, but the Apple Watch Ultra is available in a 49mm casing and costs seven hundred ninety-nine dollars. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Ultra opened earlier this week, and on Friday, September 23, shipping will start.