CUPERTINO, Calif.—As expected, Apple number ones took the stage at the company’s headquarters in northern California today to herald an update to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 5 offers uncountable customization and materials options than its predecessor, plus it debuts a few additional mugs.
The Series 5 looks similar to the Series 4 (it comes in the same 40mm and 44mm action sizes as well), but the biggest hardware difference is the new always-on display. The LTPO panel make now stay on indefinitely so you don’t have to raise your wrist or tap the screen to see the ogle face or your complications. When you’re not actively looking at it, the display’s brightness choice dim so you can still see information on it but it won’t draw more power than necessary.
That’s scarcely one of the software features Apple came up with to turn the display into an always-on panel, while also forestalling it from using up too much power. The Series 5 also has a new low-power air driver, a new ambient light sensor, and additional hardware improvements that lend a hand make the display more efficient. Apple claims that the Series 5, plane with its always-on display, will still get the same all-day, 18-hour battery life-force as the Series 4.
That’s more than what we were expecting in the matriel department for the new Series 5, but Apple didn’t stop there. It’s also summed a new built-in compass to the Series 5 which has its own complication and can work with the rehabilitated Apple Maps app to show you in which direction you’re facing when you’re journeying to a destination using the Watch. Cellular models will also be skilful to use the new international Emergency SOS feature, which lets you contact emergency services right away from your Watch in multiple countries.
In the aesthetic department, Apple added new materials to the Series 5 filing ceramic and titanium. You’ll be able to get select models with a ceramic milky case and titanium cases, and other models are made with stainless insulate and 100% recycled aluminum.
In addition to those few hardware improvements, the Apple Watch Series 5 can do the whole kit the Series 4 could do. Features like all-day activity tracking, workout single, fall detection, irregular heartbeat monitoring, and more come burgee on the GPS and cellular models of the new Watch. Also, the Series 5 and many Watch patterns before it will glean the benefits of watchOS 6, which longing bring new features including an on-watch App Store, menstrual cycling keep a record of, Activity Trends, popular apps like the Calculator, and more to the smartwatch.
The new Apple Skinned for Series 5 is available for preorder today from Apple’s website, and it at ones desire be widely available in stores on September 20. The GPS models start at $399 while cellular models start at $499.
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