Apple surprised viewers with the release of not a fancy Apple Watch Series 4, but a whole new Apple Watch Series 5 at its Apple Event on Tuesday.
The most important new feature of the watch is a "always on" Retina display, meaning you can look at the time or anything on your home screen without having to raise your wrist or tap the screen. This answers criticism that one of the major failures of Apple Watch was like watching, well.
Apple claims that the new display "always on" will not drain battery life— it will still receive 18 hours per charge.
The Series 5 GPS base model will begin at $399, beginning at $499 for the cellular model. The Series 3 is falling down to $199 as well. Apple Watch Series 5 is scheduled for Sept. 20.
In the field of safety and navigation, the other new features come. The Apple Watch will now have a built-in compass to tell you which direction you are facing in apps, maps, and a separate compass app.
Next, international SOS calls to emergency services will come with cellular models. That means you can call 911 from your watch anywhere in the world (provided you have the cellular model that is pricier).
There are also some blinged-up options for Series 5. The Apple Watch comes in titanium for the first time— a "natural brushed titanium!" It will come in a white ceramic as well as some new designs from Nike and Hermès, such as one pretty hawt black stainless steel and Hermès model leather band. The prices for these aesthetic upgrades are not yet worded.
The new watches will enjoy the benefits of Watch OS 6, which will include new watch faces, a watch itself-accessible app store, and new health features (such as time tracking and noise cancelation).
Last fall, with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4, the larger changes to Apple Watch came. This was the device's largest redesign since its inception, enabling more sensitive tracking, a larger screen, and robust health features, including the capacity to take an electrocardiogram.