Over five years ago, the smartwatch industry has recognized its place among the world’s most heralded watch makers, and they are taking notice.
From the very first time the Apple Watch was first presented in 2015, it evolved from “what is it?” to a modern technical phenom. The Apple Watch has even saved lives, as it located women who was swept out to sea. It has made men with erratic heartbeats cry after learning how close they were to the brink of death, thus saving their life.
Albeit the Apple Watch doesn’t always show the time of day. However, simply tap on it or twist your wrist toward your face.
Thus far the Apple Watch Series 5 is the first Apple Watch that always shows the time. If you were to put last year’s Series 4 next to this year’s Series 5, you’d hardly notice any differences. The “digital crown” on the side of the watch even has the same thin line if you have the cellular version. What you would notice is that, when the Series 4’s screen goes to sleep after 15 seconds, the Series 5’s screen transitions to a dimmed, shrunken version of whichever watch face you’re using.
Numerous people might already know what the Apple Watch is for and how it works. Albeit unlike your average smartphones, which have matured as a product and are used by most of the global population, wearables still carry an air of mystery for a lot of consumers.
The Apple Watch connects wirelessly to an iPhone and thus tracks your movements throughout the day. It also shows you the same notifications you see on your phone. While this often means a veritable bees’ nest of flutters and buzzes and pings on your wrist, it provides the benefit of not always having to check your phone. When you get a text, you don’t need to reach into your pocket; you can look at your wrist.
When it was initially set for release, the Apple Watch was also pitched as a platform for third-party apps. However over time, its value as a fitness tracker and as a platform for Apple apps became clear. I personally like the Apple Watch as a fitness tracker. Even when I’m not in active workout phases, it tracks how much I’m moving and standing up. Over the past year I have swapped it out only for a Samsung smartwatch or a Garmin wearable with a much longer-lasting battery and the ability to track my sleep.
The Apple Watch is very useful for viewing your Messages and notifications, Furthermore, doctors, nurses, drivers, people working in food service and hospitality—users who can’t check their messages throughout the day—tell me they like the Apple Watch as an alternative way to receive notifications.
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During this year’s Apple Watch doesn’t look different from last year’s Watch. I wouldn’t say the Apple Watch is unilaterally attractive, but it is distinctive. However It definately lacks the overtly masculine aesthetic some sporty smartwatches have, and it’s more sophisticated than most Fitbits. (Then again, Fitbits are less expensive than Apple Watches, and work with Android phones instead of just with iOS devices.)
This year’s basic model of the Apple Watch has an aluminum case, just like in past years. It costs around $399, unless you want one with a cellular modem (for when you’re swept out to sea!), in which case it costs $499. You can upgrade to a stainless steel model ($699), a titanium version ($799), or a model with a ceramic case ($1,299). You can even buy a Hermès-branded version for the low, low price of $1,399. I’ve been wearing the aluminum Series 5 with cellular connectivity.
The Apple Watch comes with easy-to-swap watch bands, and this year the buying flow for a new watch is more customizable: You can also go to the Apple website and pick your size, casing, and band all at the same time. Some of the pricier bands cost an extra $100 +.
If these prices are all too high, you can now buy the Apple Watch Series 3 for a discounted $199. It has GPS and the water expulsion feature first introduced in the Series 2, so you can take it in the pool. It also has the option to add cellular connectivity for another $100. But the Series 3 will have an older chip in it, and it won’t support Apple’s ECG recording app and other scattered features, like fall detection or the ability to raise your wrist and speak immediately to Siri without saying “Hey Siri” first. The Apple Watch Series 5 does all of this. (If you’re wondering what happened to the Series 4, it is no longer being sold by Apple.)
There are many other new features on the Series 5 watch I’m wearing, but most are due to an operating system update, called WatchOS 6. And some of these features will also come to older Apple Watches.
Major Enhancements include Voice Memos on the watch, which, as a journalist, I like; I can tap record on my Watch, and it will save audio files to the cloud. A new Noise app makes you aware of the decibel levels of the noises around you. According to the Noise app, the nearby streets of San Francisco are unlikely to damage my hearing. There’s also a new calculator app, an app for audiobooks, and an app for tracking your menstrual cycle. Frustratingly, you still can’t use your voice to dictate text Notes on the Apple Watch. The nifty Reminders app, more of a checklist for your daily tasks all to make your life a little easier.
The Apple Series 5 Watch maybe pricey to some, but a bargain for others, it’s your choice how ever you take it, the key is the Apple Watch is here to stay.