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Apple Watch Series 5 Will Feature an Always-On Display & New Finishes

Apple Watch Series 5 Will Feature an Always-On Display & New Finishes

This can be accessed through a new Compass app, watch face complication, as well as in apps (such as Apple Maps, or Night Sky).

It does this with new display driver, power efficiency and ambient light sensor that work together with software to deliver always-on display while not diminishing the watch's 18-hour battery life. And as expected, we're getting some new watch faces, noise monitoring, better menstrual tracking, a tip calculator, and a wrist-based App Store. All three models are more than capable of monitoring your heartbeat and various sporting activities, but then the Series 4 can also do ECGs (electrocardiograms), while the Series 5 can do everything the older models can, as well as some new stuff, courtesy of watchOS 6.

The only other new physical addition is the option to get a Series 5 with a titanium chassis. Beyond that, you can expect the same 40mm and 44mm watch bodies. Now the Apple Watch can place emergency calls internationally no matter where the device was originally purchased. If you haven't worn an Apple Watch before, it's easy to dismiss the Series 4 as being identical to its predecessor, save for the larger screen.

There's also an updated compass, so you can see your direction at a glance. Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is available to order in 22 countries and regions and priced from $499. This should offer peace of mind to worldwide travelers.

There are stainless steel, titanium and ceramic options with heftier price tags and an Hermes designer line with watches starting at $1,250. Now that aluminum is 100% recycled, for eco-conscious buyers. A new gold stainless steel version will also be released. Apple's new smartwatch has been unveiled to the world, and it's coming soon.

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Previous versions of the Apple (AAPL) Watch would go dark when a person lowered their wrist. Don't want a sport band with your aluminum watch?

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 3 isn't going anywhere and will be available for just $199. The new Apple Watch also comes with a number of display tech that allows it to switch from 60Hz, all the way down to 1Hz. Sorry buds, still no native sleep tracking with the Series 5. Apple said it can not access information that directly identifies you through the app.

The studies will be open to the public later this year. It has all of that watch's sophisticated health and fitness features, including the ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation and fall detection alerts. This answers criticism that one of the Apple Watch's main failings was as a, well, watch.

Stay tuned for a full review to see if the Series 5 is a worthy upgrade.