At this point, we all know what the Apple Watch is and what it does well. Apple knows that too. So with the $ 399 Apple Watch Series 5, the company has come up with small features that could make a big difference to the daily use of the watch.
You won't find a radically different looking smart watch here, nor will you find a smart watch with many new moving parts or even a dramatically improved processor. The 5 Series and watchOS 6 refine the small details and push the Apple Watch even closer to an independent device ̵
I've spent about a week with the Apple Watch Series 5 so far and I can tell you up front that everything you liked about the Series 4 (and all models before it) is still standing. Given this overlap, let's instead focus on new features and enhancements that are almost all (surprisingly) solid, but may not guarantee an upgrade for those who are happy with their Series 3 or Series 4 watches.
Always included Retina screen
There is a slight difference in hardware between the Series 5 and Series 4 watches, but the different parts can be very attractive to some users. Namely, the Apple Watch Series 5 has a new display subsystem that allows the OLED panel to remain permanently. The display itself is the same LTPO panel that is on the Series 4, but the Series 5 has new and improved interiors that help the display maintain a constant on mode without sacrificing battery life.
According to Apple, the Series 5 has an ultra low power display driver, a new power management circuit and a new ambient light sensor. All of these components work together to power the display throughout the day, allowing you to see information (most importantly the weather), even when your wrist is turned down.
All these changes are internal so that users do not "see" them in action, but they may notice improvements when they monitor the brightness of the Series 5. The Apple Watch display will previously turn completely black when not used when switching on when the user rotates his wrist up to check the timing.Now the Series 5 display will still turn on with full brightness when checking the timing, but it will automatically dim (not turn off) and reduce refresh rate when you put your wrist in.
Display it will also automatically adjust to brightness depending on your environment. The new ambient light sensor is essentially always on, while in previous Watch models it has not been permanently turned on. This permanent light sensor uses this ambient light sensor to constantly check the brightness of your environment. so that it can dynamically adjust the screen brightness appropriately.
For example, if you are in a particularly dark room like a movie theater, the always-on display will not shine too brightly to distract you or others around you. The Apple Watch still has a theater mode that you can activate at any time to prevent distraction like this in a particular environment, but the convenience of the Series 5 is that you don't have to do this and can still only check time from
But as anyone who has used the Apple Watch (or any other smart watch) knows, the display shows much more than time. It can display information through complications (depending on the clock face you choose) and through application and smartphone alerts. Apple had to reconfigure many of these things to make them both compatible and appropriate with a constantly on display.
The company edits aspects of just about every watch face available for the Series 5 (all of which are designed by Apple because it still doesn't allow third party developers to make watch faces) so as not to draw unnecessary power when you don't watch them actively. The new face of the Meridian Clock, striking with its white background and black-and-red crawling hands, will essentially reverse its color scheme when your wrist is turned down. The white background becomes black and the black hands become white and more visible, allowing the watch to retain its design and continue to show time while consuming less energy.
When a notification from your smartphone arrives at your wrist on the 5 Series, it will still cause the watch to vibrate and make noise (if you have sound turned on), but the details of this signal will not appear on the screen until you rotate wrist up. This means you won't have to look around you by reading information from a text message or sensitive email if they are looking at your watch.
The complications or those small spaces of faces on the clock that display information from different applications did not need as much configuration because they were so small that they could remain largely untouched and not draw excess power. Like smartphone notifications, there are some complications that show information such as the next meeting on your calendar that you may not want the world to see. To remedy this, Apple has added a new high sensitivity complication mode that you can turn on or off – when turned on, it blurs sensitive complication information so that you only see it when you rotate your wrist up and actively watch the Watch display .
The constantly on display is a feature loved by many users of wearable media, and many will be glad that Apple Watch finally has it. But the Apple Watch has one of the most accurate wake-up features I've ever used in a smart watch, so I've never found myself dreaming of an Apple Watch with a constantly on display.
Still others are dreaming of a similar feature and this certainly makes the watch a better watch. Smart watches are often criticized for doing things that people don't necessarily need while neglecting the most intrinsic aspect of the watch – the ability to tell time. So the Apple Watch Series 5, just for its constantly on display, is probably the best version of the smart watch Apple has ever made, especially for clock purists.
Apple claims that the 5 Series will continue to receive 18 hours of battery life even with its constantly on display and I am pleased to say that my 5 Series lasted almost exactly 18 hours (I wore it all day, at night, and the next day I only downloaded for the shower).  But I was more excited than the fact that you can always switch off the mode whenever you want. This will cause the Series 5 display to act like the Series 4 display – the panel will only turn on when you raise your wrist. Considering that the battery life remains approximately the same as that of the Series 4, when the Series 5 has a permanent display, it is possible to get even more than 18 hours of life with the Series 5 if you turn off the display's permanent power mode.
Apple says that consumers should not expect huge huge battery life gains if they do, and in our conversations, representatives have emerged convinced that Series 5 users will enjoy the constantly on display, so few would choose to turn it off. But for those who turn it off, I have found that you can earn many hours of battery life depending on how much you use the watch.
My Series 5 delivers all my smartphone alerts on my wrist (in addition to calls and text alerts) and I monitor at least one hour of exercise per day with it. I don't make calls using LTE very often, and I continue to listen to audio on my iPhone, not my watch. With my regular use (plus a little extra care while testing all the new features of watchOS 6) and the permanent display mode, I wore the watch all day and all night and got about 33 hours of battery life.  Apple may be correct in assuming that those who buy the 5 Series will never want to turn off the display's permanent switch mode, because that really makes the Watch look more like an actual watch. It offers fewer compromises when used purely as a watch rather than as a device that can do much more. But for those who often take advantage of the other things the Apple Watch can do, turning off permanently on mode paves the way for things like more convenient sleep tracking and easier periods of prolonged use.
Consumers now essentially have two methods of saving battery power: turning off the display's permanent power-on mode and the existing power reserve mode, which I often used in the previous version of the watch to save some energy at night to I use the next morning when I have no charger with me.