A few minutes ago Apple Watch Series 5 has been officially presented. Do you want to know what's new and what they bring to the sport? Well, make yourself comfortable, I'll tell you.
Of course, the Series 5 is built on the Series 4, so it has the new features that were presented last year with the latter plus this year's new features. And what has the new Apple Watch come with under the arm? Well, two mainly
- New display always on, with LTPO technology
- Built-in compass (to be attached to the barometric altimeter)
For the first time, Apple includes in its watch a screen that always stays on. It continues to respond to the turn of the wrist and the touch of the screen to display more information; but it will always, always, always show something on the screen.
Because the display is the main power source for the watch, and for that reason the Apple Watch Series 5 has a new LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display along with improvements to the power chip and display driver.
However, if the Series 4 also has an LTPO display, why is it not capable of having the display always on? It has to do with the ambient light sensorThe integrated energy management circuit and the display driver.
The combined use of all this allows the refresh rate to vary from 60Hz to 1Hz. This makes the battery savings very high, as when it is not displaying relevant information (the old "screen off") the refresh rate is lower and the screen brightness is reduced to the minimum necessary.
Apple promises the same battery life with the display always on, so it's clear that there are more changes than just the technology used in the display.
So what's new? My Garmin/Polar/Suunto has a screen that's always on, and the battery lasts much longer. True, but don't forget that the quality of the screen has nothing to do with it. The brightness and colour of an OLED screen is a far cry from what a transflective screen can offer.
Logically, the change this brings to sports is immense. You no longer have to wait for the screen to turn on when you turn your wrist, or have to click on it. A quick look at your wrist is enough to know all the facts.
The second announcement is the inclusion of a magnetic compass. Previously the Apple Watch could know the direction you were heading, but only through GPS. Therefore to be able to offer the direction accurately there must be a movement, if you stop the clock stops knowing where you're looking.
With the inclusion of a magnetic compass this changes completely. The direction is obtained directly from the compass, and not from the GPS. So if you are standing at a fork in the road and you are not clear about which way to go, just turn to see directly on the clock display which way you are looking at.
This gives developers the possibility to create navigation applications using the compass. In fact Apple has briefly shown the function with Wikiloc.
Also, Apple will include a compass application that will not only show the geographic address, but also data such as altitude, location, etc.
Apple Watch Series 5 Price
The price of the new Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 for the 40mm version. Prices in Euros are not yet available, but should be the same price as the Series 4 it replaces, so 429 Euros.
That would be the price list:
- Apple Watch GPS 40mm: 449€
- Apple Watch GPS 44mm: 479€
- Apple Watch GPS+Cellular 40mm: 549€
- Apple Watch GPS+44mm cell phone: 579€
But perhaps the best news is that the Apple Watch Series 3 is still available, and now it has dropped in price: available from £229.
Apple Watch Series 5 Review
Slight changes in the new model, but as usual in Apple keeping the price of the previous model (Garmin, learn). In general I think the "keynote" has been quite loose, both in the case of the Apple Watch as with the rest of the devices. Few important changes.
In fact, I think the most important announcement was the Apple Watch Series 3 sale, and that says a lot. There are manufacturers here who should be concerned. Maybe not in countries like Spain where iOS penetration is not as high as in the U.S., but I'm sure Fitbit has not been happy about this sale. It's a direct impact on the waterline of their new Fitbit Versa 2 that they just introduced.
Whenever Apple announces a new model of watch, I am always left wondering where the watch is going to go in terms of sport. Until now, it has always been focused on the less enthusiastic user, the one who wants to practice sport but does not think about competing or participating in races like a half marathon.
Once again that Apple approach is confirmed, to the relief of the Garmin/Polar/Suunto de turno. Another year they can spend quietly knowing that Apple has not put their business in the spotlight.
And with that... thanks for reading!