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Apple today announced the new Apple Watch Series 5, the successor to the popular Apple Watch Series 4. Unlike the Apple Watch Series 4, the new Apple Watch Series 5 is a minor update with no changes to the overall design of the hardware. The unique Digital Crown is still present allowing you to navigate on Apple Watch without obstructing the display. Apple Watch Series 5 comes with the following improvements:
- New Always-on Retina display that can display watch face all the time. Several advanced technologies work together to deliver this new feature, including the industry’s only low-temperature polysilicone and oxide display (LTPO), ultra-low power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit and new ambient light sensor.
- Apps are optimized for always-on display.
- New S5 chip that delivers improved performance.
- Up to 18 hours of battery life.
- Built-in compass. Developers can also take advantage of compass through APIs.
- Customers can use the new Compass app to see heading, incline, latitude, longitude and current elevation. Users can even add one of three new Compass complications to their watch face to see direction at a glance.
- International Emergency calling support that works regardless of where the device was originally purchased or if the cellular plan has been activated.
- The Noise app helps users understand the ambient sound levels in environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively impact hearing
- New Titanium and ceramic case model.
- New Apple Watch Nike models.
Apple Watch Series 5 GPS starts at $399 and the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $499. Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) is available to order in 41 countries and regions and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is available to order in 22 countries and regions. You can pre-order it from today and it will be shipping starting September 20th. Apple also announced that Apple Watch Series 3 will now start at $199.