Apple has launched the Apple Watch Series 5, featuring a new always-on retina display.
Previously, when you lowered your wrist, the screen went off, but now it will just go darker – allowing you to still tell the time.
When you tap your watch face, the display will light up as it did on previous Apple Watches.
This new always-on retina screen is powered by what Apple claims is the industry’s only low-temperature polysilicone and oxide display (LTPO), along with an ultra-low-power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit, and new ambient light sensor.
Apple said the Apple Watch Series 5 will continue to offer 18-hour battery life despite the fact that the watch face will remain on.
Software and features
The Apple Watch Series 5 will run watchOS and offers a variety of new health features, including:
- Cycle Tracking – Allowing women to log and track their menstrual cycles.
- Noise App – Helping users to understand the ambient sound levels around them and warning them if noise levels could negatively impact their hearing.
- Activity Trends – Providing a long-term view of your activity and helping you to understand how you are progressing.
The Apple Watch 5 will also include a built-in compass, which is integrated into the updated Maps app and can be added to your watch face to view your direction at a glance.
It will also have a dedicated compass app that will display and track your heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and elevation.
Apple has added new safety features such as its updated emergency SOS function, which offers international emergency calling in over 150 countries – even without your iPhone being nearby.
This feature also works with fall detection, which means that if it is enabled, it will automatically place an emergency call if you take a fall and remain motionless for a minute.
“We’ve seen Apple Watch have a meaningful impact on our customers’ lives and we’re excited to deliver even more capabilities with Apple Watch Series 5 and watchOS 6,” said Apple COO Jeff Williams.
“The seamless integration of new hardware and software delivers an enhanced experience that makes it even easier to stay active and connected to the people and information users care about.”
Models and pricing
The Apple Watch 5 will come in a variety of materials and colours:
- Aluminium – Silver, Gold, and Space Grey
- Stainless steel – Gold, Space Black, and Polished.
- Titanium – Natural and Space Black
- Ceramic – White
There will also be Nike and Hermes versions of the Apple Watch Series 5 which will include new bands, loops, and faces.
The Apple Watch Series 5 will start at $399 for the GPS version, and $499 for the GPS + cellular model, and are available for order immediately.
The device will arrive in US stores from 20 September.
Apple also announced that its Series 3 (GPS) and Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) watches will receive watchOS 6 on 19 September, and the prices of these watches will be reduced to $199 and $299 respectively.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will also receive watchOS 6 on the same date, but no indication was given that the product’s price would decrease.