A YouTuber has denied Apple’s claims about the durability of the Apple Watch Ultra put it to the test by subjecting it to a drop test, nailing glass, and repeated hits with a hammer to test the sapphire crystal that protects the display.

TechRax, a popular channel for testing product durability, first tested the “Apple Watch Ultra” by dropping it from about 4 feet. The “Apple Watch Ultra” remained mostly undamaged apart from a few minor dents along the titanium case. Next, the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ was stirred around in a jar with nails and again remained without visible marks.

TechRax also tested the durability of the Apple Watch Ultra’s sapphire crystal display cover by hitting it repeatedly with a hammer. In the test, the clock withstood repeated hits with a hammer until it finally cracked, and only after the table had initially suffered some damage.

Apple Watch Ultra hammer test
While the display of the “Apple Watch Ultra” was initially undamaged, the watch would not turn on after repeated hits. The power-on failure could indicate that while the sapphire wasn’t shattered to begin with, some internal components may have been damaged. Of course, the test is unrealistic to depict a typical application of the “Apple Watch Ultra”, but it can reassure some customers about the strength of the sapphire glass display cover.

Apple claims the “Apple Watch Ultra” is the toughest, most durable, and most extreme Apple Watch yet, seemingly aiming to compete directly with Garmin. In response to the “Apple Watch Ultra,” Garmin said so measures battery life in “months” rather than “hours”. The “Apple Watch Ultra” costs 799 US dollars and has been available to customers since Friday.

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