At Apple’s Special Event today, Apple finally revealed what’s next for the new Apple Watch. The new 5th Generation Apple Watch promises to keep the same great features as the 4th Generation with some much-needed improvements. The Apple Watch 5 has an always-on display, meaning no need to touch it or raise it awkwardly to see what time it is (which is the primary function of a watch).
The Watch manages to achieve this feat without sacrificing the battery life, thanks to better optimization and presumably, a bigger battery as well. The better ambient light sensor also helps with keeping the brightness levels in check. The Apple Watch 5th Gen battery lasts for 18-hours which means that you’d still have to charge it up at the end of every day. This has always been the weak point of a smartwatch as just having another device that you have to charge every single day gets annoying after a while. For smartwatches to truly replace the normal watches and appear on everyone’s wrists, they need to last for a much longer time.
Moving on, the new Apple Watch also adds some other small features which, while being useful, might not get used as frequently as others. The first of these is the addition of a compass. This can help with GPS tracking, finding bearings and other compass-enabled functionality. Furthermore, Apple is also doubling down on the safety features that the Apple Watch 5 offers. The new Apple Watch is now able to dial emergency calls internationally. It also comes with built-in fall detection and medical ID. Other returning features include Swim proof water resistance, ECG, Apple Pay capabilities, all running on the extremely fluid and intuitive Watch OS 6.
The Apple Watch 5 comes in a plethora of colour and material options. The wide assortment of cases and straps are made out of materials like 100% recycled aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. All of these materials come with multiple colour options to suit everyone’s style and needs.
Starting at $399 for the GPS variant and $499 for cellular, Apple Watch 5 will be out on September 20th with pre-orders starting from today. Will you be picking up the new Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments below.