If you're an iPhone user and you're after a great smartwatch, you really can't go wrong with an Apple Watch. The latest in the line-up is Apple Watch Series 5, and alongside an ultra-sleek design you'll find an all-new processor, Always-On display and plenty of new and updated apps to explore.
Apple Watch Series 5 Design and Display
Very little has changed when it comes to the design of Apple Watch Series 5. It's almost identical to the cutting-edge Apple Watch Series 4, with the same look and streamlined shape as its predecessor. Sporting a lightweight design, Apple Watch Series 5 is just 10.7mm thick, and this sleek smartwatch is available in two screen sizes: 40mm and 44mm.
Apple Watch Series 5 now features an Always-On Retina display. The watch's hardware and software work in harmony to ensure the screen isn't draining the device's battery. When your wrist is down the screen will dim, but you'll still be able to view the time, incoming notifications and customisations like exercise metrics. Just tap or lift your wrist to restore full brightness.
Choose from a range of different cases, including 100% recycled aerospace-grade aluminium, ceramic and an Apple-first: titanium. Both Apple Watch Series 5 straps and watch faces can be completely customised to suit your taste, so you can shape your new smartwatch to suit your needs.
Apple Watch Series 5 Power and Battery
Powering Apple Watch Series 5 is an all-new S5 chip, which is made up of a 64-bit dual-core S5 processor that's 2x faster than the S3 processor from Apple Watch Series 3**. As well as faster speeds, this updated core means you can expect processes to run more efficiently, and enjoy an experience that’s more responsive overall.
Apple promise an 18-hour battery life from Series 5, and you can charge wirelessly using any Qi-compatible charger. 32GB internal storage means you can download more apps, and you'll also be able to choose from a GPS-only model and a GPS + LTE model which lets you stay connected even when your iPhone isn't near your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Series 5 has also been built with watchOS 6 on board, which brings a range of new features to your wrist. Alongside new watch faces, you'll find an even better Siri, the App Store directly on the device and a whole range of health-focused updates.
Apple Watch Series 5 Apps
Apple Watch Series 5 is jam-packed with brilliant apps, all designed to help you get the most out of the device. Health and fitness have both been a major focus for the Apple Watch for some time now, and you'll find new additions as well as updates to core apps on the Series 5 watch.
Noise and ECG
Apple's new app Noise is now available for your hearing health. Helping to protect your ears from damage, it'll alert you when you're in an area with unsafe sound levels. The ECG app is, in a sense, also similar. It debuted on Apple Watch Series 4, this app is capable of generating an ECG that's similar to a real single-lead electrocardiogram. It'll also asses the rhythm of your heart as you wear the device, notifying you if it detects something irregular, and prompting you to seek professional help.
Continuing the theme of monitoring your health, Cycle Tracking is also now built into Apple Watch Series 5. Ideal for tracking menstrual cycles with a few taps, it’s also a great way to record any unusual symptoms or issues during each cycle, and gain a clearer picture of a user’s overall health.
Thanks to the Always-On display, you'll be able to view activity metrics and get more out of the Workout app than ever before. Keep track of your progress with a simple glance, and view stats for cycling, HIIT, yoga and so much more.
Not only can you monitor your heart rate and active calories, you'll also be able to view distance travelled, your pace and so much more depending on your activity type. Swimmers, for example, are able to wear the Apple Watch Series 5 in water up to 50m deep and can track two different workouts: Pool Swim or Open Water Swim. Pool Swim will measure laps of the pool and can even detect the type of stroke you're doing, while Open Water Swim will produce a visualisation of your route on a map. Wheelchair users can also monitor their stats using two new wheelchair-specific workouts.
Apple Watch Series 5 is now capable of providing you with your exact elevation too, as well as elevation gain, and can be synced to a huge range of compatible gym equipment to help you push yourself even further.
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