Apple Watch Series 5 Preview: Same Design, S5 Chip and a Sleep Tracker

Apple Watch Series 5 is highly anticipated out there and here is everything we know so far about Apple's next smartwatch

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Last year, Apple redesigned its smartwatch lineup with bigger screen, new health features, and new hardware. This year, we don’t expect to see a significant change coming to the new Watch, but there are still a lot of things we’d love to see in Apple Watch Series 5.

In reality, rumors regarding the next generation Apple Watch have been out there for months, hinting at the new features and hardware coming to Series 5. With that in mind, we have rounded up everything we have heard so far about Apple Watch Series 5.

First, release date

Apple Watch Series 4 is a huge leap when compared to Series 3, combining new hardware and software improvements into a single package. Apple introduced the Series 4 at its September event and we hope the firm will do the same thing this year. If this is the case, the Series 5 will launch to the public in late September.

However, we heard rumors that Apple Watch Series 5 will not be ready until October 2019 due to manufacturing issues. In reality, this is not the first time Apple will delay the release of its hardware. Back in 2017, the iPhone X was pushed back to November.

Design

Everything about Apple Watch Series 4 has been redesigned and re-engineered. The result is a beautiful watch with advanced features. Indeed, Apple pushed the screen right to the edges and curved the corners of the Watch to make it bigger and more visually appealing.

Sources say that Apple Watch Series 5 will take some design hints from the current model. That sounds fair as the Series 4’s design has been well welcome since its release. Plus, Apple does not tend to change the design so quickly. However, we expect the Series 5 to come with some minor exterior changes like smaller bezels, a re-positioned Digital Crown, and a bigger display.

Hardware

Some leaks give us an insight into the new hardware coming to the Series 5. Indeed, the next-generation Apple Watch will be powered by the S5 chip. That seems plausible seeing that each new Watch comes with a new system-on-chip (SoC), allowing for faster performance and more power-efficiency.

A built-in sleep tracker may be a power-sucking demon

We expect the Series 5 to come with a sleep tracker at launch. This is something we have been expecting to see in recent years. In reality, there are lots of apps and services that already achieve this feature, but it’s good to see Apple build it directly into its smartwatch. However, a sleep tracker may drain the battery very quickly, so it is not practical this year.

Health and fitness features

Apple is making its smartwatch a health and fitness device and there have been some rumors that the firm has been working on new health features. One such feature lies in the ability to test blood pressure and glucose level. In reality, there was once a mention of this feature last year, but it was nowhere to be found.

We have heard rumors that Series 5 will include the ability to detect toxic gases, which is pretty great. We believe this feature may appear at last, but it remains unknown when the glucose sensor shows up.

Pricing

The Series 4 sees a slight price rise as it starts at $399 for the non-LTE version. This is because of its heart rate sensor and advanced health features. Sources say that Apple Watch Series 5 could be more expensive at launch. Indeed, the cellular model will cost around $599 this year.

The Verdict

Design Same design with Series 4, but smaller bezels and re-positioned Digital Crown
Pricing $499 for the non-LTE model and $599 for the cellular model
New watch faces and complications Yes
Processor S5 chip for faster performance
Storage 16GB of base storage
Health features A built-in sleep tracker, blood pressure and glucose level sensor
Software watchOS 6

We are now nearly three months away from Apple’s September event. Apple now has a number of products in the works. The Series 5 is expected to take the center stage at this year’s event alongside new iPhones. We have to wait and see.

What do you think of Apple Watch Series 5? Let us know in the comments below.

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