Here's a first look at the Apple Watch Ultra

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  • Apple announced two new Apple Watches on Wednesday. The more interesting one is the Apple Watch Ultra.
  • It's made out of titanium, costs $799 and is built for extreme athletes, with twice the water resistance of the previous models.
  • The Apple Watch Ultra is available to order now and arrives on Sept. 23.
Apple Watch Ultra
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Apple announced two new watches on Wednesday, including the Apple Watch Ultra. It's huge. It's made out of titanium. It costs $799. And it's built for people who are into extreme sports, like diving and kite surfing, as it's twice as water resistant as the previous models.

Apple Watch Ultra
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Apple designed the Ultra to be more rugged so it can withstand the elements better if you take it to the mountains or deep under water. There's a larger crown, too, so it's easier to use while you're wearing gloves if you're diving or in the snow. And it has a bigger screen.

But it sure is chunky. Just look at it on my wrist:

Apple Watch Ultra
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The screen has other cool features. It's twice as bright as before, so it's even easier to see outside. And it has a new “Night Mode” watch face that shows a compass and turns the watch red so it's easier to view in the dark.

The orange Action Button.
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There's a new Action Button. It's orange, which definitely stands out, but can be customized to launch an app when you tap it. So, you can start a workout, mark a specific waypoint on a hike, launch your music app and more, just by tapping it.

Apple Watch Ultra
Sofia Pitt | CNBC

It's thicker than other Apple Watches, but includes some new functions like a depth gauge for real-time measurements under water. It also has up to 36 hours of battery life in normal use, or up to 60 hours on low-power settings. Apple says the 60-hour option is “coming soon.” That compares to 18 hours for the regular Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch Ultra is available to order now and arrives on Sept. 23.

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