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First Look: The Apple Watch Series 5

Last updated on: September 16, 2019 15:48 IST

How exciting is the Apple Watch Series 5? Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com finds out.

IMAGE: The Apple Watch Series 5 on display at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, on September 10. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters
 

Along with the iPhone 11 series, Apple also launched its next generation Apple Watch Series 5 at the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino, California, on September 10.

We were expecting something new from Apple, but the Series 5 is merely an upgrade of the Apple Watch Series 4 in specs and design.

While it finally has an Always-On Retina Display and Built-In Compass, I wonder why it took Apple five generations to get the former right.

IMAGE: An attendee examines two titanium Apple Watch Edition smart watches at the Apple headquarters. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Given that Apple missed the Always-On Display bus by a full five years -- the competition had this feature even then -- they have now found all kinds of 'unique' ways to highlight it.

Like, it helps you sneak a look at the time when you are busy in a office meeting, or when you are gymming and both your hands are busy, or when you are travelling in crowded places.

The Always-On Display means you don't have to raise your hand to activate the screen.

The Series 5 also allows you to activate International Emergency Calling.

Discerning buyers, who would want to go for the cheaper Series 4 instead, will be surprised to know that it so no longer available at Apple Stores.

However, the older Series 3 is, and has become more affordable at $199 (approximately Rs 14,102).

Here, then, are the latest features in the Apple Watch Series 5.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Apple.com

Always-On Retina Display

This technology allows users to check the time and other information which is now visible all the time on a dimly-lit screen.

The watch brightens up when tapped or when the wrist is raised.

Apple uses a combination of components like low-temperature polysilicone and oxide display, ultra-low power display driver, power management integrated circuit and an ambient light sensor that consumes less power and offers all day battery life.

The watch faces, too, are optimised to preserve battery.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Apple.com

Built-In Compass

The Built-In Compass, along with the maps app, allows users to navigate the routes.

The watch can now provide information like direction, incline, latitude, longitude and elevation.

International Emergency Calling

Apple has added an International Emergency Calling safety feature.

The watch can place a call to emergency services of the country you are in, even if you have purchased the watch in your home country.

It also works with fall detection, if enabled.

watchOS 6

The watchOS 6 includes new, customisable faces.

In addition to health and fitness, here are some of the additional features you'll find in the Series 5:

Photograph: Kind courtesy Apple.com

The Cycle Tracking app

This app allows the user to log information related to her menstrual cycle and see the predicted timing for her next period and fertile window.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Apple.com

The Noise app

With the help of this app, the watch detects the noise around you with its built-in microphone and alerts the user if it’s harmful.

The user can also check if the ambient sound is harmful through the decibel meter in the app.

 

The watch comes in a variety of cases made out of titanium, ceramic and stainless steel. It comes in gold, silver and space black colours.

Also, the new recycled aluminium edition, which is cheaper than the stainless steel, ceramic and titanium cases, but is equally tough, is available in silver, gold and space gray colours.

Hardware

The Apple Watch Series 5 runs on Apple's latest S5, 64 bit dual core processor.

The prices, at a glance 

The Apple Watch Series 5

WatchSizeGPS+CellularGPS
Apple Watch Aluminium Case with Sport Loop/Band 40mm $499 $399
  44mm $529 $429
Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case with Sport Loop/band 40mm $699 -
  44mm $749 -
Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case with Leather Loop 40mm - -
  44mm $799 -
Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop 40mm $749 -
  44mm $799 -
Apple Watch Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle 40mm $799 -
  44mm - -
Apple Watch Hermes Stainless Steel Case with Double Tour 40mm $1,399 -
  44mm - -
Apple Watch Hermes Stainless Steel Case with Single Tour 40mm $1,249 -
  44mm $1,299 -
Apple Watch Edition Titanium Case with Sport Loop 40mm $799 -
  44mm $849 -
Apple Watch Edition Ceramic Case with Sport Loop 40mm $1,299 -
  44mm $1,349 -
Apple Watch Edition Titanium Case with Leather Loop 40mm - -
  44mm $899 -
Apple Watch Edition Ceramic Case with Leather Loop 40mm - -
  44mm $1,399 -

The Apple Watch Series 3

WatchSizeGPS+CellularGPS
Apple Watch series 3 Aluminium Case 38mm $299 $199
  42mm $329 $299

 

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