Apple has just officially announced the next generation of the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 5. This years model is not much of an upgrade on the Series 4, with a similar design and size. The headline features are, always-on display, a compass and some new materials, yes that’s it.
Apple says the Series 5 watch maintains the prior model’s 18-hour battery life, even with the new always-on screen. You also get the same heart rate monitor with ECG support along with the health and fitness tracking from the Series 4.
The Always-on display is a new low-temperature poly silicone, oxide display, which helps keep the power usage down. They have redesigned the watch faces and workout apps to take advantage of the new display option. The always-on display will work by staying in dim-lit mode until you raise your wrist, which will be helpful in exercise mode.
Apple Watch Series 5 is now available in aluminum, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic finishes. Apple is also shipping a titanium version with a DLC coating, similar to what we can find on the Garmin Fenix 6.
Other new features include a built-in compass and emergency calling for international countries.
Pricing and availability of Apple Watch 5
Pricing for the Series 5 starts at $399/£399 for GPS model and $499/£499 for the cellular connected version. Those looking for something fancier can select a stainless steel case in gold, silver and space black starting at $699/£699.
Those with even fancier tastes, can opt for either an Apple Watch Series 5 with a ceramic body in white starting at $1299/£1299 or titanium in either metal or space black starting at $799/£799. If that’s not enough, then you can pick up a Hermés version for $1299/£1299.
The Apple Watch 5 is available for order starting today with delivery and store sales starting on September 20th.