Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display and New Titanium Case Option

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    Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 5, alongside watchOS 6. Series 5 watches feature an always-on display, meaning you won't have to rely on wrist raises to read the Apple Watch screen. There's also a built-in compass and international emergency calling as the new standout features.

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    The always-on display allows the time and other important information to be visible at all times. Every watch face was optimized for the new display and to preserve battery life, featuring the ability to dim the screen when your wrist is down and return to full brightness with a raise or tap.

    Despite the always-on display, Apple said that the Apple Watch Series 5 still features an all-day 18-hour battery life.
    There are also updated location features that provide greater navigation tools, like the built-in compass and updated Maps app. The compass app provides heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and current elevation, and it can be added as a complication to the watch face.

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    Series 5 cellular models include international calls to emergency services, regardless of where the device was originally purchased or if the cellular plan was activated.

    The new lineup also comes with a titanium case, and returning styles include stainless steel, aluminum, and ceramic. There are also the expected Apple Watch Nike and Apple Watch Hermès models.

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    With a new Apple Watch comes the latest updated to watchOS, which is watchOS6, including new health and fitness features like a Cycle Tracking app for women. There's a Noise app to understand the ambient sound levels in environments such as concerts, and Activity Trends to provide a long-term view of your activity patterns.


    watchOS 6 also has dynamic new watch faces like Meridian, Modular Compact, and Solar Dial. Apple is also finally letting you customize exactly which Apple Watch case and watch band you buy from the get-go with Apple Watch Studio. With this, you can pick your preferred case and band combination when you initially purchase the Apple Watch Series 5.

    Apple Watch Series 5 with GPS starts at $399 while the GPS and cellular models start at $499. You can order your Series 5 device today on Apple.com, and the watches will then begin to ship on Friday, September 20. Apple has discontinued the Apple Watch Series 4 and is keeping the Series 3 around at the entry-level price of $199 for GPS and $299 for GPS and cellular.

    Article Link: Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display and New Titanium Case Option
     
  2. benshive macrumors 6502

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    I bet the people who complained about the Apple Watch not having an always on display are going to be here complaining about how this will affect battery life :rolleyes:
     
  3. Ateam043 macrumors newbie

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    I wonder what the battery life will be if the settings are customized to make the screen go to sleep after X number of minutes.

    2 days?
     
  4. crawfish963 macrumors 6502a

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    No word on processor upgrades? Interesting. I doubt this will be enough to entice S4 owners.
     
  5. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    Always-on display, the watch forums will be dead now that complaint is negated.
     
  6. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a

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    Will it me a minimized version of the watch face or the full thing?

    If it’s the full watch face, they actually managed to deliver a feature that make me (series 4) want to upgrade...

    Still won’t, thought ;)
     
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  8. BuddyTronic macrumors 65816

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    It’s plenty snappy already. Always on display is great! I’m ordering right after this
     
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    Will they have a titanium link bracelet? If so I will have to upgrade.
     
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    Very much doubt I’ll upgrade from S4 unless someone offers me a decent price for mine.
     
  12. MxChino macrumors regular

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    Looks like I will just be polishing up my series 4 and wait until upgrading until series 6.
     
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    Love this. Will be ordering one when available. I hated the dark face.
     
  14. jimbobb24 macrumors 65816

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    I wonder how bright it is. I love the flashlight in the 4.
     
  15. davidwes macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have thoughts on the $199 Series 3? Not really in the market for a higher end fitness watch and was looking at fitbits with the new versa more expensive then this and the charge less expensive - this kinda just sneaks in there then.
     
  16. Duncan-UK macrumors regular

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    I’ll bet they haven’t restored the basic music functionality re play lists that they abandoned two years ago. Shameful that you can’t properly navigate the contents of a playlist.
     
  17. ebika macrumors 6502a

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    Always on display is very cool. I don't think I'll upgrade from series 4 yet though.
     
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    I’ve never used an Apple Watch, so I’d like to know: Has every generation of Apple Watch had a Retina display? If not, when did Apple start including a Retina display with the Apple Watch?
     
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    It’s pretty poor apple could not put this into the series 4. There are several watch faces that would take minimal power if they are always on. I’m kind of pissed since I got a series 4 only 4 months ago thinking Apple would implement this software wise..
     
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    Dam. So I’m kind of disappointed to see no sleep tracking built-in. But I’ve wanted an always on display since the first watch and didn’t expect that until next years watch.
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    That was never gonna happen man. I’d buy a watch on release day. 4 months ago... I’d have waited?
     
  22. QCassidy352 macrumors G4

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    No. No I will not. I’m absolutely thrilled by this. And I’m sure Apple has managed battery life adequately, but if not, it’s an issue I’ll deal with.
     
  23. Tapiture macrumors 65816

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    I feel like they could just include this on Series 4 with a software update....
     
  24. crawfish963 macrumors 6502a

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    But if they did that, how would they get your money this Fall? It's a cash grab, plain and simple.
     
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    It’s great buy. The series 3 is a pretty fast as it is
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    Every generation had a Retina display.
     

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