Apple officially introduces the Apple Watch Series 5

Yolanda Curtis
September 11, 2019

We expected the Apple Watch 5 to launch on September 10 alongside the new iPhone 11, and we weren't disappointed.

The Apple Watch packs new hardware, including an Always On retina display. The screen is dimmed in always-on display mode, but you can raise your wrist or tap on the screen to brighten it back up. Plus, it comes with a compass now.

For the first time, and following rumors, the watch will also come in a white Ceramic finish.

At the same time, the cheaper aluminium case options remain.

In brief: On Tuesday Apple unveiled it's newest Apple Watch - the Series 5. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 5 will begin this Friday, September 13, at 5:00 am PT/8:00 am ET, and the new smartwatch will be available in stores starting September 20.

Apple sprung a surprise by launching an entry-level 10.2-inch iPad that replaces the long-lasting 9.7-inch iPad. It will be available to order from 10 September, starting at $399/£399 for the Global Positioning System only model and from $499/£499 for the Global Positioning System and Cellular model.

Apple says this doesn't impact battery life thanks to brand-new screen technology, so you'll still get all-day, 18 hour battery life. Apple didn't announce whether these models would be available in both GPS-only and cellular.

The new Apple Watch also has a built-in compass, so you can always know which way you're facing.

It also supports global emergency calling, which is a great addition for added safety. The company has also improved emergency calling in its LTE models, which will now allow users to call emergency services in over 100 countries even without an iPhone.

The most exciting day of the year for Apple fans is finally here.

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. While it's possible these will be released later, there was no reference to them made at today's press event. Beyond that, you can expect the same 40mm and 44mm watch bodies.

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