We’ve seen incredibly extreme Apple Watch Ultra tests, but nothing comes close to this one. Reddit user suburbandad1999 endured the workout we all dread: mowing the lawn. The results are actually fascinating to see how the Apple Watch Ultra’s new GPS works.
Apple Watch Ultra GPS
Apple Watch Ultra is the first version to feature what Apple calls precision dual-frequency GPS. This allows for greater accuracy in tracking distance, pace, and training routes.
“For most people, a traditional GPS solution with just an L1 GPS works well most of the time,” Apple said. “But it can be tricky when tall buildings, trees or dense foliage block satellites. The new L5 GPS enables advanced signal processing, reducing many errors and providing a more consistent signal in environments such as dense cities.
The new GPS on Apple Watch Ultra combines GPS L1 and the new GPS L5 signal to capture a more precise location while maintaining power efficiency. This is especially beneficial for GPS accuracy when training in dense urban environments and tree-covered trails.
How it compares
It’s also just a superior GPS. Apple is careful not to avoid GPS inside the new Apple Watch SE and Series 8, but it turns out that anyone can benefit from dual-frequency GPS.
While mowing the lawn is slightly less extreme than hanging onto the side of a mountain, the Reddit user’s unscientific GPS accuracy comparison between the two GPS units is actually informative. The visual alone sells the precision that the addition of L5 brings to the Apple Watch Ultra.
“The image on the left is the hilarious GPS track of me mowing my lawn a few weeks ago with my Series 4 (RIP),” the Reddit user wrote. “It would even make me close a few doors and show about 1.4 more miles of distance than the image on the right. Apple Watch Ultra shows every intricate line I made.
If you weren’t yet convinced of the superiority of the Apple Watch Ultra, this should seal the deal for you. Do you have your own GPS comparison experience with Apple Watch Ultra? Share your opinion in the comments.
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