Apple Watch Series 5 gets always-on display, built-in compass

As expected, Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 5 alongside the new iPhone 11 series on Tuesday. The world’s most popular smartwatch now gets an Always-On Retina display, built-in compass with new Compass app, better safety, and new cases and straps. 

The new Always-On Retina display is certainly a welcome feature; now you won’t have to raise your arm or tap the display to see the time or other information.

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 uses a new LTPO display coupled with a low power display driver that can deliver a variable refresh rate of 60Hz down to 1Hz. Even with the new always-on display, the Series 5 retains the all-day, 18-hour battery life as its predecessor.

Apple is also introducing new watch faces and complications which take advantage of the new always-on display.

The Series 5 gets enhanced location features which include a built-in compass, updated Maps app and a current elevation feature. Complementing the built-in compass is a new Compass app. Apple said that developers can now take advantage of the built-in compass in their apps.

There are various handy safety features built into the Apple Watch, including a Noise app, Emergency SOS , and fall detection. It’s now even better. On every cellular model, the Apple Watch can automatically call for assistance in case of an emergency, in 150 countries around the world.

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The Apple Watch Series 5 is proudly made with 100 percent recycled aluminium, but wait, there’s also a new case material—titanium. Available in two beautiful brushed finishes: natural titanium and space black titanium. Additionally, for those who prefer a clean look, there’s also a ceramic white case option.

The Apple Watch is offered in a 44mm and 40mm case and features an electric heart sensor and second generation optical heart sensor.

Apple Watch Series 5

Continuing its partnership with Nike, and Hermes, there are new Nike+ bands, as well as new Hermes bands and a special black case.

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel here as the Series 5 looks to be an incremental update to the Series 4. 

For the first time, you can enjoy a more personalised experience when purchasing Apple Watch Series 5 in Apple Stores, on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. The new Apple Watch Studio gives you the chance  to pick your preferred case and band combination to create a look that is uniquely your own.

Apple Watch Series 5

Pricing and availability

The Apple Watch GPS version is priced from USD399 while the cellular model starts from USD499. Apple Watch Series 5 Nike Edition starts from USD399, while the Apple Watch Series 5 Hermes starts from USD1,249. Apple is keeping the Series 3 in its line-up, and I must say is an attractive buy, at USD199.

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You can order the Apple Watch GPS and cellular models today; shipping 20 September 2019. Apple Watch Series 5 Nike Edition is available starting 4 October; the Hermes Edition on 20 September 2019.

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