Rumours of the Apple Watch’s new Titanium and Ceramic cases convinced many that Apple will not be renewing its fastest-growing product segment for 2019. That was in large part due to the astounding set of features that debuted on the Apple Watch Series 4, including the headline-grabbing on-wrist ECG capability.
How wrong were they.
The Noise complication was announced during WWDC 2019 just months ago, available as to all Apple Watches as an update with WatchOS 6, which is still in beta. But now, the Series 5 takes the new features announced with the new wearable OS to the next level.
Series 5 will debut an always-on Retain Display that can be viewed without any wrist motion required. This means that whatever your position, you will be able to catch a glimpse of your Watch if you have a direct line of sight to the top of your wrist.
Lifting the watch now simply increases the display brightness for better legibility.
This new technology was developed with a new Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxid (LTPO) technology that delivers adaptable refresh rates to save battery. By being able to lower cycles down to 1Hz, the Series 5 Apple Watch can reach the same 18 hours of battery life.
An in-built compass will also come with the new Apple Watch, which will allow the direction cone in Maps to display like it would on iPhone. This effectively pits the Apple Watch against “adventure” watches by allowing wearers to tell their latitude and longitude, along with direction, elevation and incline even in a wilderness.
Apple’s spiel on the safety Apple Watch brings was reiterated, but the company walks its talk. The Apple Watch will now extend emergency calling to 150 countries with LTE versions of the Series 5 watches, accessibly by simply pressing and holding the side button.
The aluminium version Apple Watch Series 5 is available in silver, gold and space grey, and are made up fully of recycled aluminium. Singapore prices start at SGD 599 (GPS) and at SGD 749 (GPS + Cellular)
Stainless steel versions come in plain metal, gold and space black.
Two new titanium finishes, brushed and brushed space black join the returning ceramic model in a brilliant white.
Nike and Hermes Apple Watch Series 5 variants will also be available.
Orders open from today, with availability slated for September 20.
Apple is also carrying over the popular Apple Watch Series 3 from 2017, available at a low price of USD 199 / SGD 299, with the GPS + Cellular variant starting at SGD 449.
Following the success of the Apple Heart Study, which has proven to be the world’s largest research into Arterial Fibrillation (AFib), the company has followed up with the Apple Hearing Study and the Apple Women’s’ Health Study in lieu of the Cycle Tracking and Noise complication and app announced at WWDC 2019, along with the Apple Heart and Movement Study.
With the new Apple Research App, Apple Watch users can participate in these studies conducted alongside reputable institutions like the WHO and the University of Michigan. Apple assures participants that data and responses collected will be anonymous with privacy at the forefront of the endeavour.