Introducing iPhone 11 - Apple

Apple announced a new smartwatch with the Apple Watch Series 5 during a press conference from the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California.

In addition to the Always On display, the Apple Watch Series 5 has a built-in compass that allows users to see elevation and incline data, and there is a new safety feature too.

For the first time, the Apple Watch is available in a titanium casing, which comes in natural and space-black color options.

As for the pricing, the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) starts at $399 (US) while the Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499. There haven't been many rumors about the new Apple Watch, so it was unclear whether we will actually see a new Apple Watch this year.

WatchOS 6 also brings dynamic new watch faces, including Meridian, Modular Compact and Solar Dial, which can be easily customized for quicker access to favorite apps.

Detailing the Apple Watch Series 5 cases and finishes, the company said "Apple is introducing a new case material made of titanium, a prized material in watchmaking that has superb strength-to-weight ratio and is lighter than stainless steel".

The Apple Watch Series 5 was revealed today during the Apple Special Event.

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The device will also be powered by the A13 Bionic chip and the battery will last one hour longer than last year's iPhone XR, Apple claims.

Apple is also continuing its health focus for the watch, which now includes menstrual cycle tracking as part of watchOS 6.

According to Apple, the Series 5 device has a new type of display created to keep time and other important information easily visible at all times.

Surprisingly, the Series 5 doesn't natively support sleep tracking-a feature that was widely rumored to be coming to the new model-so that's not something to consider when choosing a model. The Apple Watch Nike and Apple Watch Hermès editions will be refreshed as well. Apple is also keeping the older Series 3 available and dropping its price to $199.

The big feature is the introduction of an App Store straight on the watch - conceivably, so you can use it without even needing a phone as a go-between. Also, each watch face has been carefully optimized for the new display and to preserve battery life.

The Apple Watch Series 3 can now be yours for about $200.

So there's that, and of course, a built-in compass, which Apple for some reason never had in the Apple Watch series despite the iPhone having had a compass for ages.

  • Ismael Montgomery