Apple Watch Series 5 Sports Dazzling Always-On Screen, Cool Extras

Series 5

The new Apple Watch Series 5.

Stuart Miles

Apple Watch Series 5 was one element in the company’s latest jam-packed, breakneck-speed keynote, at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino

The new Watch is the same design, same size as last year’s model, but for the first time it has an always-on screen without sacrificing the 18-hour life of the previous models. I say 18 hours because that’s how Apple describes it, but personally I’ve found the Watch lasts for way more than a day. 

Whatever, battery life is the same this time around, even though the display now stays on. So, no more surreptitiously trying to raise your wrist just fast enough to activate the screen to check the time in a dull meeting, you can just glance down. 

The display is bright at first but then quietens down to be dim but readable. There is an ambient light sensor to prevent the Watch from being too bright n low light situations. 

That’s one new piece of hardware, another is the display itself which uses a different display tech, called LTPO. Since you ask, it stands for low-temperature polysilicone and oxide and Apple says it’s one-of-a-kind. 

There’s also a compass. Sure, that doesn’t sound that essential, though there are use cases where you might need to use the raw data a compass has.

But if you’re using Yelp, say, this becomes suddenly very useful as the direction arrow on screen turns as you move your wrist to show you the direction you need to head to find that restaurant, say. 

The other big design change is the addition of a new kind of metal finish and the return of a favorite. The new case metal is titanium, a classier look that’s lighter than stainless steel and a slightly more expensive option. The returning classic is ceramic, found on Series 2 and Series 3 but absent from Series 4. This time it comes in a gleaming, shining white (it had previously been seen in gray, too) and it looks great.

There had been rumors ahead of time that the new Watch would feature sleep tracking but this turned out not to be here. That’s a shame but while I am sure it will come, there we’re othe health-related features that sound interesting. 

Specifically, the announcement of research studies where Watch wearers can share their medical data sound highly promising and could potentially make a real difference. 

Apple Watch Series 4 has been discontinued but Series 5 prices are the same. The real bargain is the popular Series 3 which costs from just $199. 

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Apple Watch Series 5 was one element in the company’s latest jam-packed, breakneck-speed keynote, at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino

The new Watch is the same design, same size as last year’s model, but for the first time it has an always-on screen without sacrificing the 18-hour life of the previous models. I say 18 hours because that’s how Apple describes it, but personally I’ve found the Watch lasts for way more than a day. 

Whatever, battery life is the same this time around, even though the display now stays on. So, no more surreptitiously trying to raise your wrist just fast enough to activate the screen to check the time in a dull meeting, you can just glance down. 

The display is bright at first but then quietens down to be dim but readable. There is an ambient light sensor to prevent the Watch from being too bright n low light situations. 

That’s one new piece of hardware, another is the display itself which uses a different display tech, called LTPO. Since you ask, it stands for low-temperature polysilicone and oxide and Apple says it’s one-of-a-kind. 

There’s also a compass. Sure, that doesn’t sound that essential, though there are use cases where you might need to use the raw data a compass has.

But if you’re using Yelp, say, this becomes suddenly very useful as the direction arrow on screen turns as you move your wrist to show you the direction you need to head to find that restaurant, say. 

The other big design change is the addition of a new kind of metal finish and the return of a favorite. The new case metal is titanium, a classier look that’s lighter than stainless steel and a slightly more expensive option. The returning classic is ceramic, found on Series 2 and Series 3 but absent from Series 4. This time it comes in a gleaming, shining white (it had previously been seen in gray, too) and it looks great.

There had been rumors ahead of time that the new Watch would feature sleep tracking but this turned out not to be here. That’s a shame but while I am sure it will come, there we’re othe health-related features that sound interesting. 

Specifically, the announcement of research studies where Watch wearers can share their medical data sound highly promising and could potentially make a real difference. 

Apple Watch Series 4 has been discontinued but Series 5 prices are the same. The real bargain is the popular Series 3 which costs from just $199. 

__________ 

Follow me on Instagram by clicking here:davidphelantechand Twitter:@davidphelan2009

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