The series 4 was a triumph and we’re quite sure the series 5 won’t achieve a feat any different. The new Apple Watch series 5 watch comes power-packed with a faster, slimmer and larger-screened than its predecessors, it continues to add new health feature such as fall detection and improved heart sensors, and an ECG.
The question stands if the customers are really happy with the new Apple Watch or did they expect something better and something more trendy with “time”. The watch also features (arguably) the more-or-less old-school Apple design, and Apple fanatics are sceptical about it.
In terms of display, Apple says that the new Series 5 watch uses an always-on display. We wouldn’t really say this is new, since a lot of other products from other OEMs have a lot more than that on the display front. However, whats new and an “industry-first”, is the new LTPO display.
The watch comes with a great new in-built compass that tells you everything from your latitude, longitude to even the curvature at which you are standing. That is some incredible use and data!
Cases for all Apple Watch Series 5 products are now made from 100 percent recycled aluminium. There are few new aesthetic changes on the Apple Watch Nike series along with availability of several other new kinds and types of cases.
The GPS equipped models start at $399 and those with cellular SIMs will start at $499. With that price, the Apple Watch Series 3 gets a massive price cut, and would come at just $199 for the GPS only model. That for sure, is a targeting of markets like India and China.
The Apple Watch range may not make the sort of revenue Apple gets from its iPhones or Macs but it’s the most successful smartwatch and by many metrics, the most “successful” watch. Can the series 5 watch live up to the expectations of its predecessor? Only time will answer.
Apple appears to have settled into a regular release pattern with its watches. After an almost 18-month gap between the original and second-gen models, there have now been three consecutive launch events in September of 2016, 2017 and 2018:
Apple Watch (original): Launched April 2015, Series 1: September 2016, Series 2: September 2016, Series 3: September 2017, Series 4: September 2018, and finally the most coveted : Series 5 : September 2019.
It was expected that the era of ballooning prices won’t last long, and that the company will aim to bring in the Series 5 at the same starting cost as the Series 4. We can see it for ourselves if that expectation has left its mark. Essentially the screen is bigger but flatter, and you get significantly more screen space without having to carry any extra bulk on your wrist. It’s not quite up there with switching to a round display, but we take what we can get.
Apple has focused more on internal changes this time; kept the exterior simple and Apple-like, but boosted up the internal components to match customer expectations. The S5 offers greater future-proofing, however.
Speaking of the processor : Series 5 comes as expected with a bespoke S5 processor chip that offers theoretical speed boosts over the previous generation – but this won’t be apparent in real-world usage because the Series 4 will still be able to run all the available apps and the current OS with ease.
For a long time Apple was pondering upon the idea of switching from the OLED to micro-LED , however the series 5 didn’t witness any new changes with respect to their display internals. We can expect Apple to use the Micro-LED in their 2020 series. One of the companies attached with Apple’s production , Sui Bao, told that its micro LED module production line is ready, and that it is “indeed in contact with the US smartwatch industry”.
The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with watchOS 6 pre-installed. WatchOS 6 features a raft of new features, including an on-device app store for the first time, an app that measures ambient noise levels to protect your hearing, and long-term Activity trends. The Apple Watch 5 will be able to upgrade its operating system for free when Apple releases further updates in future; watchOS 7 will appear in the autumn of 2020, for instance.
Apple had also promised “regular free software updates” – containing security patches, interface tweaks and, on a yearly basis, large numbers of significant new features – is a big plus point. Surveys say that most Watch owners find that the process of installing updates is far less user-friendly than on the iPhone. Let’s expect the series 5 watch to bend the trend.
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