Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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Apple Watch Series 5 Brings Software Upgrades, Not Much Else

Apple Watch Series 5 Brings Software Upgrades, Not Much Else

The launch represented the latest effort by the technology giant to counteract growing competition from rivals such as Samsung and Huawei.

Apple says that even with the always-on display, the Apple Watch Series 5 offers 18-hour battery life. It is powered by Apple's new 64-bit dual-core S5 processor, said to be up to 2 times faster than the S3 processor. The camera has a wide and ultra-wide lens, which gives users the ability to crop and zoom after taking the photos. It would seem that this would significantly decrease battery life.

There will also be Nike and Hermes versions of the Apple Watch which will include new bands, loops and faces. It will go on sale in India from September 27.

Apple is under pressure to grow revenues in other areas like services, because iPhone sales have declined year-on-year for the past two quarters.

Below, we've put together a list of all the features coming in the new Apple Watch - and we've gotten some hands-on time with the device, so be sure to read our hands-on Apple Watch 5 review. It's also added worldwide emergency calling in over 150 countries, adding to fall detection as a safety feature.

The new Apple Watch Series 5 will start at $399 or $499 with the 4G version shipping on 20 September.

Apple Watch Series 5 smartwatch launched along with new iPad

Apple dropped the price of its Series 3 from 2017 to $199.

Apple also announced new studies on the Apple Watch for hearing health, women's cycle tracking, and the connection between heart health and movement. This feature makes it stand out compared to all previous generations of Apple Watch models, and lets users see the smartwatch display even without lifting their wrists.

Apple is notoriously bad at providing details and specifications in events, so it's unclear if the new iPad has a Lightning port, but that seems likely.

All the watch faces have been carefully tuned to the display. That said, Apple's special event today isn't an iPhone-only affair.

It will cost $4.99 a month for a family subscription and will launch with a one month free trial.

The first shows will be available on November 1, with more being added each month. The monthly payments will be available in "select countries". The new one charges wirelessly on the iPad Pro, so it won't work with this tablet.


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