Apple, in its annual September event today has announced its Series 5 Apple Watch with some minor improvements and a much-needed always-on display mode, something that Apple Watch users were asking for since a long time. The new Series 5 Apple Watch also comes with an updated display and new designs.
The Series 4 Apple Watch revolutionized safety features on a smartwatch/wearable and the Series 5 takes it up by a notch. Features like EKG/ECG, fall detection, higher heart rate alerts and the majority of the health-related features are retained. The ability to make an emergency call when a fall or an irregular heart rate is detected has now been improved and has been made available internationally, meaning the emergency call can be made even to international contacts.
The display now uses LTPO technology which allows for a dimmer panel and lower refresh rates up to as low as 1Hz going all the way up to 60Hz, which helps save battery while using the always-on display. What also helps save the battery is a low power display driver specially designed for the Series 5 Apple Watches. All this improved tech means Apple promises up to 18 hours of battery life.
Apple has also introduced some new watch faces to go along with the always-on display and all the existing watch faces will be optimized to support the new always-on mode. Another new inclusion is a built-in compass which helps with more accurate location tracking. A new ambient light sensor will detect in what conditions the watch needs to use the dim display mode and depending on the position of your wrist, the always-on mode will be triggered. In terms of looks, there are anew Nike and Hermes models available.
Apple Watch Series 5 Pricing and Availability
The Apple Watch Series 5 will start shipping September 20 and will retail for $399 for the base variant while the LTE variant will be available for $499. The Apple Watch Series 3 will still be available to purchase and will retail for $199.
Apple Watch Series 5 Pricing in India
Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) starts at INR 40,900 and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at INR 49,900. The popular Series 3 (GPS) starts at a new low price of INR 20,900 and Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) is INR 29,900.