Apple Watch Ultra Already Facing 6-7 Week Shipping Delay for Some Configurations

The all-new Apple Watch Ultra is available to pre-order starting today in the U.S. and more than 40 other countries, with pricing set at $799. The high-end Apple Watch will launch in stores and begin arriving to customers on September 23, but some configurations are already facing lengthy shipping delays as of late Wednesday.

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A quick spot check of Apple's online store in the U.S. reveals that models with a midnight Ocean Band and large green Alpine Loop face 3-4 week shipping estimates for orders placed on late Wednesday, while models with the Trail Loop in multiple colors face an even lengthier 6-7 week delay at this time. That said, there are still at least a half-dozen band options available with September 23 launch day delivery overall.

Inspired by the "most extreme activities," the Apple Watch Ultra features a durable design with a 49mm titanium case, a larger display with a flat sapphire crystal cover, new bands designed for the outdoors, water resistance up to a depth of 100 meters, a customizable bright orange "Action" button on the left side of the case, and more. A protruded ridge houses the Digital Crown and Side Button on the right side of the case.

A new info-dense Wayfinder watch face takes advantage of the larger display with support for up to eight complications and an integrated compass.

Apple Watch Ultra is advertised as having up to 36 hours of battery life per charge during normal usage. In a future watchOS 9 update, a new low-power setting with reduced frequency of GPS and heart rate readings will extend battery life to up to 60 hours.

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
25 months ago
Glad, I got mine on a promised released date. Woo hoo! ?

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kmingis Avatar
25 months ago

People this is a watch for way more than wandering around hipster joints. Like a Garmin it serves more of a definitive purpose and to do that bigger is better for many reasons. While I have no doubt most sales will go to people who rarely do the things it’s meant for it’s been built to compete with the Garmin type watches.
As a current Garmin owner (Tactix Delta, Epix Gen. 2) and a former Apple Watch owner until 2017, I can verify. I've been wanting Apple to do this for years. There's a market for these. It's niche, yes, and I'm not some kind of Sahara explorer or someone who goes 20,000 leagues under the sea. But I gym daily, hike, walk and in general want LOTs of data about my activities and my health. Apple finally delivered. AW Ultra ordered and due to deliver on Day 1. Super glad to be back.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kltmom Avatar
25 months ago

Hope they make this in a smaller size next year. Like the look but not the huge size.
I'm the opposite--I like the huge size but hope they make it in a non-rugged, non-extreme sports version. Basically like what the current Series 8 is, but in a huge size ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skoal Avatar
25 months ago
People this is a watch for way more than wandering around hipster joints. Like a Garmin it serves more of a definitive purpose and to do that bigger is better for many reasons. While I have no doubt most sales will go to people who rarely do the things it’s meant for it’s been built to compete with the Garmin type watches.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jimthing Avatar
25 months ago
Actually MOST configs were 6-8 weeks out from first orders opening.

I ordered two of the midnight Ocean Band one accordingly, to get the 23 Sep date, immediately the store went back up.

It was the same with buying any of the Ultra's straps separately - only the Ocean Band was available without several weeks' delays past 23 Sep.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oghowie Avatar
25 months ago
Hope they make this in a smaller size next year. Like the look but not the huge size.
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