Does the Apple Watch Ultra Turn Off?
The Apple Watch, in its early iterations, was not able to display the time like a traditional watch. However, this issue has been addressed with the release of the Apple Watch Series 5, and now there is even an Apple Watch that can display the time while powered off. Traditionally, the Apple Watch has supported three power states before the battery is drained: fully functional, no functionality, and Power Reserve, which allows the watch to display the time. Power Reserve served as a compromise between a fully-featured smartwatch and a device that serves no purpose on the wrist. However, with the release of the Apple Watch Ultra, which boasts a battery life that surpasses that of other models, the concept of Power Reserve has been revised. The Ultra does not offer the option for Power Reserve when powering down the watch, as it is not necessary due to the extended battery life. Instead, the Ultra has two power modes before the battery is drained: fully functional and Power Reserve. When manually powered down, the Ultra is still able to display the time, similar to Power Reserve on other models. Additionally, the Ultra, along with the Series 8 and SE (second-gen), utilizes its built-in GPS sensors for outdoor workouts, rather than relying on the GPS of the connected iPhone. These updates, although not immediately obvious, demonstrate significant improvements in the functionality and capabilities of the Apple Watch. It is worth noting that when powered off, the watch still can display the time, and the only way to fully power down the Apple Watch Ultra is to drain its battery, and that takes a few days in general usage. It is also interesting to note that this is also how any Apple Watch with watch OS 9 operates, just not with Power Reserve toggle. The Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE (second-gen) are notable not only for their extended battery life, but also for their improved functionality and capabilities, such as the ability to display the time while powered off, and the independence of the GPS tracking.