The Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the major hardware announcements Apple unveiled during its September 2019 event. The fifth generation of Apple’s market-leading smartwatch comes with new features and improvements, but are those enough for you to upgrade your Apple Watch? Read the specifics about the Apple Watch Series 5 to see if the wearable is a good fit for you.
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WHAT IS THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 5?
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the latest generation of Apple’s smartwatch, which was first released in 2015. Like previous generations, the Apple Watch 5 comes in 44 mm and 40 mm sizes, has a touchscreen, a heart rate tracker, and optional GPS and cellular capabilities.
The Apple Watch Series 5 does differ from previous models in three key ways, most notably its always-on screen. That’s right: No more lowering your wrist to turn the display off or on.
Apple said its always-on screen, which is made of low-temperature polycrystalline oxid (LTPO), will dim when a wearer’s wrist is lowered and can drop to a refresh rate as low as 1Hz, or one new screen image per second. The variable refresh rate of the LTPO screen means, Apple said, that although the screen is always on, the Apple Watch Series 5’s battery life remains the same 18 hours as the Apple Watch Series 4.