Introducing the Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 smartwatch launched along with new iPad

The Apple Watch Series 5 goes up for pre-order later today.

Apple Watch Series 5 is available in a wider range of materials, including aluminium, stainless steel, ceramic and all-new titanium build. The stainless steel cases will be available in gold, silver and space black while the aluminum option comes in silver, gold and space gray. The fifth iteration of Apple's smartwatch starts at $399 for the Global Positioning System only model and $499 for the Global Positioning System and cellular version.

At its highly anticipated event in California's Cupertino, tech giant Apple unveiled newer versions of the Apple Watch and iPad. The existing emergency calling feature is going worldwide too, and will be supported in 150 countries for extra peace of mind. The GPS+Cellular variant, on the other hand, now costs Rs 29,900. It also features a built-in compass (alongside a new compass app). Pricing starts at $399 for the 40mm Global Positioning System variant while the LTE variant starts at $499.

Workout metrics get an Always-On mode as well, meaning they can remain visible on your watch face even while it is in its low-power state.

The new high-end phone, available in four different colours, is the first from Apple to feature a triple main camera, although other manufacturers' smartphones already include this feature.

The Watch Series 5 comes with 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.

During its keynote today, Apple detailed its ongoing research related to the Apple Watch, including the device's ability to help users detect the presence of a condition called AFib. Series 5 watches will have a compass app that not only indicates the user's cardinal direction, but also elevation, longitude, latitude, and incline.

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.

By enrolling in one of the studies, you can contribute data about your heart health, periods and hearing - the latter two using new features coming in watchOS 6 that allow you to track cycles and symptoms and measure noise decibels right on your wrist.

WatchOS 6 continues the phone-detaching trend with three new standalone watch apps that are wristbound versions of extant iPhone apps: Apple Books, Voice Memos, and Calculator.

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