The new Apple Watch Series 5 is here with an always-on display that displays the time and the smartwatch’s complications constantly.
The watch’s screen is made from a new low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology that is extremely power efficient. Apple is combining this display with a few other hardware and software features to keep the clock always visible. It also looks just like last years Series 4.
Apple even revamped the Apple Watch’s clock faces to preserve as much battery life as possible since they’re always on. With previous Apple Watches when users lowered their wrists, the screen would turn off. Now the display just dims slightly.
Even though the new watch’s screen is always-on, Apple says it has the same battery life as the Series 4, 18 hours.
Beyond the new screen, Apple also packed a compass in the watch. This makes using maps easier since you can tell which way your watch is pointing. There’s also a new compass app that even shows you your elevation, longitude, latitude and incline.
To make the watch safer, Apple added international emergency calling to the Series 5 Cellular model as well.
Beyond these features, the Series 5 runs Apple’s watchOS 6, which adds an App Store, more watch faces, advanced health features and more to the smartwatch.
Just like the new iPad, the aluminum models are made from 100 percent recycled metal.
Beyond the traditional aluminum and stainless steel watches, Apple has added two titanium colours and a new ceramic case.
The Watch Series 5 is available for pre-order today and will go on sale September 20th. As for Canadian pricing, the Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $529, while the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $659.
In addition, Apple notes that watchOS 6 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later on September 19 and for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 later this fall.
Finally, Apple has dropped the pricing of the Series 3 with GPS to $259 CAD and the Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) is $389.