Apple just introduced the Apple Watch Series 5 and, as many of you must have followed, the design of the new generation of the new gadget Apple wearable is nothing different from the previous version (which has already left circulation), the Apple Watch Series 4.
Still, inside, Apple’s new watch differs in some ways from its predecessor. Let’s dig into these differences and look at what’s new in the Apple Watch Series 5.
Design and display
As we know, the Apple Watch Series 4 offered the first major change in the design of the watch by taking advantage of the larger screen, with more rounded corners – it is “easy” to distinguish an Apple Watch Series 3 from a Series 4, for example. The new model, however, has the same dimensions as its predecessor, but comes in a new finish of titanium and ceramic (more on them below), while the aluminum models are now made with 100% recycled materials.
Thanks to some hardware changes, the Apple Watch Series 5 has what Apple calls Retina Always Active screen, which only dims to preserve the battery (and not to attract attention wherever you go). Still, Apple promises that the battery of the new generation of the wearable lasts the same 18 hours as the previous models.
Like? I explain: The Series 5 has a driver for the LTPO display that adjusts the resolution and refresh rate on the screen to be much more efficient and consume less energy than the previous models. Combined with this is the new, more sensitive and energy-managed ambient light sensor.
Naturally, Apple named the processor for the Apple Watch Series 5 as S5, following the lineage of the other chips. However, this does not mean that the new processor is unreasonably faster or better than the S4; on the contrary, there are no major performance improvements or even new features on the new chip, except for the support for the always-on screen.
In comparison to the Apple Watch Series 3, which has the S3 processor, the new wearable chip is about 2x faster, in addition to supporting 64-bit architecture.
As we will see below, watchOS 6 offers some improvements to the Apple Watch navigation tools. The new watch, however, has a built-in compass that, together with the Maps app (Maps), accurately locate and target users.
In addition, the new Compass app allows you to view heading, slope, latitude, longitude and elevation. Users will also be able to add one of the three new complications of the Compass to the watch face.
Here, nothing much different between the Apple Watch Series 4 and the Series 5. As we reported, watchOS 6 will offer new features related to tracking health data, such as the new tool to track the menstrual cycle and the noise monitor that helps users to calculate the level of ambient sound.
Finally, the Activities app will also offer an even broader view of your exercise history through the app’s “trends” section.
WatchOS 6 also features new dynamic displays, including Meridian, Compact Modular and one that varies depending on the position of the sun – some of which are only available for the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5.
Tracking, fitness and security
In addition to the new watchOS 6 apps and tracking features, the Apple Watch Series 5 can take the same measurements as all previous models, including the option to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and record potential drops, features introduced with the Series 4, last year.
That way, the Apple Watch Series 5 can monitor your heart rate and track the progress of physical activity like any previous model – in fact, better, since it has an accelerometer and advanced gyroscope, which gives it more sensitivity than watches older (Series 3 and earlier).
Unlike expected, however, the Apple Watch Series 5 does not support sleep monitoring – a widely rumored feature.
Another new function, restricted only to the cellular versions of the Apple Watch Series 5, is to make calls to emergency services in more than 150 different countries – just press and hold the side button (we will see if Brazil will be in the middle of this cake – quite capable).
Unlike the Apple Watch Series 4, the new version of the watch has double the internal storage capacity: 32GB. This is even better considering the integration of the wearable with Apple Music, and the possibility of storing even more music and playlists to listen without the need to be with the iPhone – or with the LTE model.
Here, for many, the question of watershed comes in. With the end of the Apple Watch Series 4 sales cycle, it remains for us to specify the different versions of the Apple Watch Series 5, which vary according to the finish of the watch case (aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic).
It is important to note that the GPS option is only available for models with aluminum housing (including Apple Watch Nike); in addition, Apple has grouped the new models of titanium (about 45% lighter than aluminum) and ceramics within the family Apple Watch Edition.
Here are the dollar values of some models, since at the time of publication of the article, Brazilian prices were not disclosed:
- 40mm, GPS: from $ 399
- 44mm, GPS: from $ 429
- 40mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 499
- 44mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 529
Stainless steel case
- 40mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 699
- 44mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 749
Titanium case (Apple Watch Edition)
- 40mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 799
- 44mm, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 849
Ceramic case (Apple Watch Edition)
- 40mm, GPS + Cellular: from $ 1,299
- 44mm, GPS + Cellular: from $ 1,349
Apple Watch Hermès
- 40mm, stainless steel case, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 1,249
- 44mm, stainless steel case, GPS + Cellular: from US $ 1,299
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These are the new Apple Watches and, although the “innovations” are not the most numerous, surely the gadget will continue to be as desired (and well rated) as previous models.
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