From checking serial number to packaging, there’s more than one way to know if the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is original or fake.
- To check if the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is original or fake, check its serial number in Apple’s coverage checking tool. If it show up there, the watch is authentic.
- Put the the watch on your wrist and place it next to your iPhone. Only real Apple Watch open a window to pair them.
Like its predecessor, the Ultra 2 continues to differentiate itself from other Apple Watches with a larger and more durable design, a customizable orange Action Button on the left side, a more tactile digital crown and right side button that work better for gloved hands, a brighter display, an upgraded three-microphone array and dual-speaker system, an 86-decibel emergency siren, and a depth gauge.
Worried you have fake Apple Watch Ultra 2, or you may be about to buy one? This article provides some foolproof tips and tricks to help you spot fake Apple Watch Ultra 2.
Why is it important to spot a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2?
- The big one is the quality. Much of the genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2 features won’t work or will work very poorly, such as battery life, Bluetooth connections, Siri, the setup process and more.
- Just like fake Apple Watch Series 9, fake Apple Watch Ultra 2 devices are produced using cheap materials. These materials may not be healthy, and they may even contain dangerous materials.
- Legality is a problem, too. Buying or using fake products is illegal everywhere.
- counterfeit products do not come with the same level of customer support and warranty as genuine Apple products. If you encounter any issues or need assistance with your fake Apple Watch Ultra 2, you will not be able to rely on Apple’s renowned customer service to help you.
- Of course, it is also bad for Apple. Not only do these bad products tarnish Apple branding, but they also cause Apple to lose money.
How to Spot a Fake Apple Watch Ultra 2
Let’s assume you’ve got the possibly fake Apple Watch Ultra 2 in your hand. Here are some things to check before you hand over the money. We can’t be certain it’s legitimate – it could just be a fantastic counterfeit – but these will rule out 95 percent of fakes.
Check the Packaging
The packaging of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 can provide valuable clues about its authenticity. Genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2 come in well-designed, high-quality packaging that reflects Apple’s attention to detail and brand standards. Examine the packaging for signs of poor quality, incorrect logos, misspellings, or inconsistencies. If the packaging appears cheap or lacks the usual Apple branding, it is likely a fake.
Inside the Box, you should find the following:
- Apple Watch Ultra 2
- Apple Watch Magnetic Fast Charger to USB-C Cable (1m)
Examine the Build Quality
Apple is famous for the very high quality of its devices. Genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2s are known for their premium build and finish, using high-quality materials that feel solid and durable. Assess the materials used for the casing, screen, and straps. If the watch seem a little low quality, the pieces are loose,the edges are rough, the parts are loose, or the finishing is uneven, you might have knock-off Apple Watch Ultra 2.
Inspect the Display
The display of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is another important aspect to consider when determining its authenticity. For the unfamiliar, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 has a 49mm sapphire crystal display encased in a titanium body. The display of Ultra 2 exhibit exceptional brightness, clarity, and responsiveness. Apple has cranked the brightness to 3,000 nits on the Ultra 2, earning it the title of the brightest screen on any Apple product. The text and graphics on the Ultra 2 screen are sharp and well-defined.
Fake Apple Watch Ultra 2 have lower-quality displays that appear dim, pixelated, or have visual imperfections.
Check the Action Button
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 includes an "Action" button on the left side of the device that can be customized by the user. The Action button is a bright orange color to make it easy to see, and it can do things like launch Workouts and apps. If the button is missing, pokes out at all, or feels loose, chances are that the watch is a fake.
Verify the Digital Crown and Side Button
Both digital crown and side button are located on the right side of the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The digital crown is the circular dial, whereas the side button is the rectangular button below it. These two controls should both be present, and on the same side of the watch, with nothing else on that side. If any of these buttons is missing, placed in an unexpected location, or feels loose, you’ve spotted a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2.
Check the Microphone and Speakers
The Ultra 2 has three microphones, or two more than the regular Apple Watch. Two flank the side button on the right, and the third is located above the primary speaker on the left.
The Apple Watch Ultra is also equipped with dual speakers for improved audio volume for calls and Siri interactions.
The Ultra’s primary speaker is situated on the left side of the case, above the Action button. The second speaker, specifically added for the emergency siren, is the small hole below the Action button.
Check the colors and Materials
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is made from an aerospace-grade titanium, which is a lightweight and durable material that also offers corrosion resistance for use in the water. The back of the Apple Watch Ultra is made from ceramic and sapphire crystal. The material on Apple Watch Ultra 2 clones tends to feel cheaper and flimsier than the real thing.
There are no color options for the Apple Watch Ultra 2, and it is available only in a silver titanium shade. If you notice a different color option, we’re sorry to tell you, but the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is a fake.
Try to Pair It
Another reliable way to tell if Apple Watch Ultra 2 is original or fake is by doing something only authentic Apple Watch can do.
When you try to pair the Apple Watch Ultra 2 to your iPhone, a pairing screen should appear on your phone screen. That can only happen with genuine Apple Watch because that feature relies on the S9 chip, a communications chip Apple created for the Apple Watch Ultra 2. It’s extremely unlikely fake Apple Watch Ultra 2 could mimic that feature.
So, to spot fake Ultra 2 using this trick, follow these steps:
- Put your Apple Watch Ultra 2 on your wrist. Adjust the band or choose a band size so your Apple Watch Ultra fits closely but comfortably.
- Turn on your Apple Watch Ultra 2: to do this, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
- Hold your iPhone near your Apple Watch Ultra 2, wait for the Apple Watch pairing screen to appear on your iPhone. If the pairing screen appear, that means your Apple Watch Ultra 2 is genuine.
- You can also open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Pair New Watch.
- Tap Set Up for Myself.
- When prompted, position your iPhone so that your Apple Watch Ultra 2 appears in the viewfinder in the Apple Watch app. If it does, your Apple Watch Ultra 2 is the real thing.
- If you follow these steps but don’t see the pairing screen on your iPhone, we’re sorry to tell you, but your Apple Watch Ultra 2 is probably fake.
Verify the Software and User Interface
The software and user interface of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 play a significant role in its functionality and user experience. Genuine Ultra 2 ships with watchOS 10, the latest version of Apple’s wearable operating system. When examining a potential fake, check for any inconsistencies or glitches in the software. Fake watches may have poorly designed or counterfeit versions of the watchOS, resulting in a clunky or unreliable user interface.
Validate the Health and Fitness Tracking
One of the standout features of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is its health and fitness tracking capabilities. To spot a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2, verify the accuracy and reliability of the health and fitness tracking features, such as heart rate monitoring and step counting. Genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2s provide highly accurate readings, ensuring that you can rely on the data for your fitness goals. Fake watches may provide inaccurate or inconsistent readings, compromising their usefulness in tracking your health and fitness progress.
Check the Serial Number
The most foolproof way to tell if Apple Watch Ultra 2 is fake is to go directly to the source: Apple. Apple has an online to check a product’s warranty status. Just enter the Apple Watch Ultra 2 serial number and, if you find it there, it’s the real deal. If you don’t, you’ve spotted fake Apple Watch Ultra 2. Here’s what to do:
- In your web browser, go to Apple’s coverage checking tool.
Find your Apple Watch Ultra 2 serial number on the Apple Watch Ultra 2 packaging. Or, on your Apple Watch Ultra 2, open the Settings app then go to General > About.
Enter the serial number, solve the CAPTCHA and click Continue.
If the tool returns information for that serial number (especially a valid purchased date), the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is real.
Check the Price
Apple products aren’t cheap. The retail price for Apple Watch Ultra 2 is $799. Counterfeit watches are often sold at significantly lower prices compared to genuine Apple products. If you are being asked to paid much less than that—say, $400 for Apple Watch Ultra 2—it might not be real.
Frequently Asked Questions about spotting fake Apple Watch Ultra 2
Q: Are there any specific features to look for when identifying a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2?
A: Yes, there are several features to consider, such as the packaging, build quality, display, software, connectivity, health and fitness tracking, and the digital crown and side button.
Q: Can I rely on third-party sellers or online marketplaces for genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2?
A: While some third-party sellers may offer genuine products, there is also a risk of encountering counterfeit watches. It is best to purchase from authorized retailers or Apple’s official website to ensure authenticity.
Q: What should I do if I suspect I have purchased a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2?
A: If you suspect you have purchased a counterfeit Apple Watch Ultra 2, stop using it immediately and contact the seller or Apple customer support for assistance. They can guide you on the necessary steps to take.
Spotting a fake Apple Watch Ultra 2 requires careful examination and attention to detail. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can protect yourself from purchasing counterfeit products and ensure that you are investing in a genuine Apple Watch Ultra 2.