Apple Watch

Apple Watch 5 - The Watch We've All Been Waiting For!


This is the Apple Watch Series 5 and we have it in both Titanium as well as Black Stainless Steel. This is it, the Apple Watch that we’ve all been waiting for since it now has an Always-On-Display.

Shout out to BandWerk who make some amazing Apple Watch Straps for sending the Black Stainless Steel for me personally.

So let’s unbox both of these, the Apple Watch Edition in Titanium and the Black Stainless Steel and I’ll give you my thoughts on both in this article as well! 


UNBOXING

Design comparison between the Apple Watch Edition box (Top) and Stainless Steel Model box (Bottom)

Design comparison between the Apple Watch Edition box (Top) and Stainless Steel Model box (Bottom)

So taking a look at both boxes, the Apple Watch Edition has a bold Apple Watch text in black on the front, whereas the Stainless Steel model just has a white indented logo and text, and that’s it.

On the sides we don’t really have anything aside from the pull tab and on the back we get a listing of what we get included inside, alongside the Apple Watch model. 

Ok, so let’s unbox these up, starting with the Stainless Steel model.

So opening up that butterfly style packaging and we get 2 boxes inside. We get the actual Apple Watch box and the band, which in this case is the Black Sport Band with a black stainless steel PIN as well. It isn’t really a perfect deep black, like the old Apple Watch sport bands were, it’s more of like a dark space grey instead, but it still looks really nice on the Stainless Steel Apple Watch.

Opening up the actual Apple Watch box and we get a booklet which includes a quick start guide, the warranty and the safety guide, but no Apple stickers at all.

The Stainless Steel and Edition models charger comes with a stainless steel charger

The Stainless Steel and Edition models charger comes with a stainless steel charger

We then get the charging cable, UBS A to the magnetic head that attaches to the Apple Watch, and also the charger itself, which in the UK is this very compact and portable travel adaptor that also folds the pins inside. Really nice! Now, if you get a stainless steel or edition model, the back and the sides of the charger would be made our of stainless steel as well, rather than plastic like we get on the aluminium models. It has no impact on the functionality, its just a cosmetic upgrade.

And then finally we get the Apple Watch Series 5 which comes in a microfiber pouch which actually matches the colour of the watch and that’s it for the stainless steel one.

Now the unboxing experience for the edition is similar but slightly different.

The inside of that butterfly cardboard that holds the watch box and the band box together has a black inside rather than the white one that we get with the aluminium and stainless steel models. 

We get the quick-start guide which does say ‘Apple Watch Edition’ on it and it seems to be more detailed that the Stainless steel one, and it also matches the colour of the watch inside.

Then with the Apple Watch Edition Box, we the booklet which is noticeably thicker than the stainless steel one. It seems like we actually get a free band inside this Apple Watch Edition Booklet. In my case its a Dark Grey Sport Band which matches the colour of my Watch.

Like previous models, the Series 5 comes in a microfiber pouch

Like previous models, the Series 5 comes in a microfiber pouch

So you get that one with the Black Titanium, you get a Light Grey Sport Band with the regular Titanium and you get a Soft White Sport band if you go with the Ceramic Apple Watch. All all of these band colours are exclusive to the Apple Watch Edition. You cannot buy this separately as of right now.

But that’s pretty much everything in terms of exclusive Apple Watch Edition content. Aside from this we get the same charging cable, the same charger and we now get the Titanium Apple Watch in its own pouch, a dark grey one which looks pretty sleek, and that’s it for the Black Titanium Apple Watch Edition.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

So I’ve been playing around with these for the past few days and this is what I think about both so far. 

Design comparison between the Series 4 and Series 5

Design comparison between the Series 4 and Series 5

The stainless steel model looks identical to my Series 4. Same dimensions, same thickness, same casing material, so holding them next to one another and you really wouldn’t be able to tell the difference

The titanium one is a new casing material and it looks good for the most part. I do like the brushed metallic look of the Titanium a lot, you can get the titanium in silver as well, which is titanium’s natural colour, I just prefer black It’s a weird one because it looks and feels like a matte stainless steel. It’s got that cold feel to it, unlike the aluminium which feels warm. So I do like that. But at the same time, it’s not as shiny as the stainless steel one is. It’s literally in between the aluminium and the steel in terms of how the casing material looks and feels like. 

Personally, I still prefer the stainless steel. The reason for this is because of the seamless transition between the glossy black display and the glossy back stainless steel case. It just looks as if it was all made from a single block of metal, and you don’t really get this with any other Apple Watch.

Weight comparison between the Stainless Steel model (Left) and the Titanium (Right)

Weight comparison between the Stainless Steel model (Left) and the Titanium (Right)

But something that you might be able to tell is the weight difference between the two. The stainless steel model weighs 47.9g compared to 41.8g on the titanium. It’s not as noticeable as I expected but holding both in my hands I can tell that the titanium is slightly lighter.

Now, probably the best part about the Apple Watch Series 5 is that it still uses the exact same mechanism for the bands. Yes same exact one that we’ve had since the original Apple Watch was unveiled back in September 2014, five years ago. Personally I think that this is just amazing! This means that all of your bands will still perfectly fit on your Series 5.

FUNCTIONALITY & FEATURES

The main new feature of this watch is the Always-On Display. Now the way it works is that it has a low power LTPO display which the Series 4 also had, but the Series 5 does have a new display controller that allows it to switch the refresh rate to as low as 1Hz, down from the usual 60. 

So when you tilt your wrist back, or even put your palm over the display to put it into sleep, rather than the display going black it still shows you the full watch face, only slightly dimmed. 

In cases where you do have a watch face with a lot of movement, like the Toy Story face or one that has a lot of bright areas like the white ones do, the colours would get inverted so that everything’s black, since on OLED displays, when pixels display black they’re actually turned off, so they consume 0 energy. 

Now, the display would be way dimmer in Always-On than it is normally, so you are losing that brightness but at least you have a display that’s always on, something that Android watches have had for many years now, and something that’s been the main lacking feature on the Apple Watch.

For your own privacy you can enable this blur effect which would hide notifications when using the Always-On Display

For your own privacy you can enable this blur effect which would hide notifications when using the Always-On Display

And having an Always-On display is just amazing. You no longer have to tilt your wrist to see the time or your notifications, and if you’re worried about your privacy, you can enable a blur effect which blurs all your upcoming notifications when the watch is in sleep, with the Always-On display on.

So how does that affect the battery life you may ask?

Well, Apple’s claiming up to 18 hours of battery life on the Series 5, which is identical to the Series 4, but I can honestly say that it’s nowhere near that. My Series 4 lasted me for two days easily, and by the end of the second day I had about 20% or so left, meaning my Series 4 consumed about 40% of battery life per day.

The Series 5 with the Always-On display on was at 63% by 3:30pm. Which means that by the end of the day, this will be at around 30% or so. So it can last a day but definitely not two days like my Series 4 easily could.

Also I’m a pretty light user myself. I almost always have DND enabled since I get a ton of notifications and I’d be constantly spammed by my Apple Watch otherwise. And I usually don’t fill my yellow ring. I know, I don’t exercise as much as I should which is bad, but at least now you know how I actually use my watch. Personally its mostly for time tracking, and when I do get notifications I just wipe down to see all of them and that’s mostly it.

So if you’re a heavy user and you use cellular, GPS, you listen to music, go out for a run and you plan on this lasting you for an entire day it won’t.

I also went on Apple’s battery page for the Apple Watch, where they detail all the tests that they’ve done in order to achieve that 18 hour battery life and there’s no mention at all of the Always-On display. They don’t mention if it was turned on or off, which kinda makes me believe that it was with the display off, otherwise they would’ve mentioned it because it’s a bragging right in the end. 

Yes, you can in fact turn the Always-On display off from the settings, but in that case this will just be a Series 4 with a compass and that’s it. 

The compass feature, new to the Series 5

The compass feature, new to the Series 5

Speaking of the compass it’s pretty amazing! It not only shows the exact direction you’re facing but also the inclination, the ground elevation as well as your actual coordinates, so your latitude and longitude.This is quite amazing for if you get lost in the woods for example, just make sure that you turn that Always-On display off to save your battery.

But aside from these 3 features the new Titanium casing material, the Always-On display and the compass, there’s nothing really new to this watch. Even performance wise the Series 5 has the same CPU and GPU as we have in the Series 4. So performance wise, the Series 4 and 5 are identical.

 

CONCLUSION

So based off the few days I have had with this I would say that if you have a Series 4 don’t upgrade to this as there really isn’t much more on offer than what you get with Series 4. On the other hand, if you have a Series 3 or earlier, I do think that this is a really good upgrade and would encourage you to try it.

This wasn’t the full in-depth review by the way, that’s still coming in a few weeks after I get to test this out even more, see how the battery life really is and maybe Apple will even release a software update in the meantime.

Apple Watch Series 5 - 20 Things You Didn't Know!


Apple has just had their September 2019 Event and they’ve not only launched the brand new iPhone 11’s but also a brand new Apple Watch Series 5.

We have done a video on the channel about ‘40 Interesting Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The iPhone 11’s’ so definitely make sure to check that out in case you want to learn more about the iPhones but in this article it’s all about the Apple Watch!

But here are 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the Apple Watch Series 5!


1. Always On Display

The new Always-On Display means the watch face will always be visible unlike before (Source: Apple)

The new Always-On Display means the watch face will always be visible unlike before (Source: Apple)

So the first new feature of the Series 5 and also the main feature is that we finally have an Always-On Display.

This is something that Android smartwatches have had for years now and it was in my opinion the main downside of the Apple Watch, the fact that you could not see the time unless you twisted your wrist or tapped on the display.

But that’s not an issue anymore because we now have that Always-On Display. So you’ll always be able to see the watch face at all times on your Apple Watch, it would be at a lower brightness but when you tilt your wrist, that’s when the full brightness would be enabled.

 

2. LTPO Display

The new LTPO (Low Temperature Poly-silicon and Oxide) Panel allows for varying refresh rates and in conjunction with a low-power driver and ambient light sensor the panel can stay on for up to 18 hours (Source: Apple)

The new LTPO (Low Temperature Poly-silicon and Oxide) Panel allows for varying refresh rates and in conjunction with a low-power driver and ambient light sensor the panel can stay on for up to 18 hours (Source: Apple)

But that is something most of you probably already knew about. So why did it take Apple so many years to do this and how have they done it in the end? 

Well, unlike most of the Android smartwatches that use the exact same 60Hz refresh rate when in Always-On Mode, the Apple Watch Series 5 now features an LTPO display that can adjust its refresh rate, anywhere from 60Hz down to even 1Hz. 1Hz means that it will only refresh once every second, which is realistically what you need in an Always-On Display. You don’t care about fluid animations or smooth effects , you just want to see the time and that’s it.

This in combination with a brand new low power driver, improved power management on the chip, and a new ambient light sensor means the Apple Watch Series 5 actually gets the exact same battery life as the Series 4 did before it. 

 

3. Battery Life

Speaking of the battery life, Apple claims up to 18 hours of battery life on the Series 5 which is the same battery life we had on the Series 4, as mentioned before.

However, my Series 4 could easily last me for 2 days, sometimes even 2 and a half. This is mostly because since I get a ton of notifications I mostly keep mine on Do Not Disturb Mode or Silent Mode, which does help improve battery life. So with my usage I’m very happy with the battery life on the Series 4 and therefore the Series 5 as well since they do have the same battery life.

However if you go out on a run for example and you only take you Apple Watch with you and you have Cellular Enabled, GPS enabled, maybe you’re even tracking your run in the workouts app and even have the AirPods with you, in that case the battery would only last you for about 3 to 4 hours.

So definitely do keep that in mind!

 

4. Storing Music

Storing music on Apple Watches has been a feature since the first iteration of Watches

Storing music on Apple Watches has been a feature since the first iteration of Watches

Not a lot of people know this but you can actually just take your Apple Watch and your AirPods out and about and listen to music without your iPhone, even if you do not have a Cellular Enabled Apple Watch.

You can do this my manually downloading music to your Apple Watch. You just go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, go to Music and just add your favourite playlists and albums to your Apple Watch. It’s as easy as that.




 

5. Storage

How the storing music thing works is that your Apple Watch actually has a fair bit of storage inside. Older models had 8GB, the Series 4 had 16GB of storage, but the Series 5 now has 32GB of storage. A bit funny how the iPhone “Pro” that costs 3 times as much and is an actual phone, only has 64GB.

 

6. Compass

The new Compass chip allows the Series 5 to give you additional support when using maps or if you get lost in the wilderness (Source: Apple)

The new Compass chip allows the Series 5 to give you additional support when using maps or if you get lost in the wilderness (Source: Apple)

Now another new feature to the Series 5 is the Compass. This is a new chip that’s inside your Apple Watch that lets it see the direction that it’s facing when compared to magnetic north. This is something quite common in smartphones but not a lot of smartwatches have this.

The advantage of the compass is that 1. You can now see the direction that you’re facing in the maps app, rather than just having a dot and 2. You have a separate dedicated compass app so that when you’re traveling if you somehow get lost and have no cellular signal for maps you can at least use the compass and get some sort of direction. Really useful stuff!

7. No Roaming

But do you know what is not useful when you’re traveling to a different country? Not being able to use roaming on your Apple Watch. Yes, the cellular features of your cellular Apple Watch are restricted to the country that you bought it from, which really sucks.

 

8. International SOS

However what doesn’t suck is that the Series 5 does in fact support international SOS calls.

So if you are in a different country travelling and something happens to you, even if you do not have internet access or the ability to make standard calls on your Apple Watch, you will still be able to make emergency SOS calls outside of the country that you bought it from, which is something that the Series 4 didn’t support.

 

9. W3 Chip

This new Series 5 actually still has the exact same W3 wireless chip that we had in the Series 4. The W3 is the chip that handles Bluetooth and WiFi connections so the faster this chip is the faster your Apple Watch would communicate to your iPhone, your AirPods and your Mac.

The W3 chip that we got with the Series 4 already introduced Bluetooth 5.0 so there wasn’t that much of an improvement that Apple could do, hence why they stuck with the same W3 chip in the Series 4.

 

10. S5 Chip

The powerhouse of the Series 5, the S5 chip, is almost identical to the S4 chip in the previous model from 2 years ago (Source: Apple)

The powerhouse of the Series 5, the S5 chip, is almost identical to the S4 chip in the previous model from 2 years ago (Source: Apple)

Speaking of the same chips. The Apple S5 chip which powers the Apple Watch Series 5 is almost identical to the S4 chip that was powering the Series 4. It is still 2 times more powerful than the S3 inside the Series 3 so the only improvements here are the addition of the Compass as a separate chip on the SOC, and the controller for the LTPO display.







 

11. Apple Watch Edition

Do any of you remember the Apple Watch Edition? The pure Gold $17,000 Apple Watch that Apple was selling with the original Apple Watch and they ended up discontinuing because it just wasn’t selling well?

Well, they now brought the edition back, kind of. They did have it with the Series 2 and 3, they had a ceramic version which was of course significantly less expensive than the gold option but they did remove that with the Series 4 and now the Apple Watch Edition is back with the Series 5!

The luxury Apple Watch Edition watches had previously been discontinued due to a lack of sales  (Source: Apple)

The luxury Apple Watch Edition watches had previously been discontinued due to a lack of sales

(Source: Apple)

 

12. Ceramic

The Ceramic Series 5 with a Lemon Leather Loop (Source: Apple)

The Ceramic Series 5 with a Lemon Leather Loop (Source: Apple)

And with the Apple Watch Edition the Apple Watch Ceramic is also making a come back! This is the same casing style that we had before and I do think that it looks absolutely stunning!

We have a black crown which contrasts perfectly with the back bezels of the display and the white ceramic case. Also this is the most premium and most expensive Apple Watch that Apple offers with a starting price of $1,300.

In addition to that it is the most durable Apple Watch that Apple sells, as Ceramic is 4 times harder than stainless steel, of which the Black Stainless Steel finish is still my favourite model. 

 

13. Thickness

Now if you go for the Ceramic model your Apple Watch would actually be slightly thicker. All other models measure in at 10.7mm, while the ceramic one is 11mm.

(Source: Apple)

(Source: Apple)

14. Titanium

The Titanium model of the Series 5 (Source: Apple)

The Titanium model of the Series 5 (Source: Apple)

We also get another new material which is Titanium. This is something that we haven’t had on Apple Watches before.

Now, Titanium as a material is lighter than stainless steel but also stronger, which means that the Titanium Apple Watch is a very good blend between the Aluminium and the Stainless Steel models.

It comes in 2 colors, Space Black and the regular Silver Titanium. But they look like the Aluminum one just with a brushed texture to them. They’re not as shiny as the Stainless Steel and personally I don’t think I would get the Titanium one. I’ve already ordered one for review but my personal one would still be black stainless steel.

Also the Titanium Apple Watch is $100 or £100 more than the Stainless Steel and personally I don’t think it’s worth it. If you want a light watch just go with the Aluminum, it looks almost the same as the Titanium ones.

 

15. Apple Watch Studio

This section is something that I’ve been waiting for for years and it is finally here!

You can now customize the Apple Watch with any casing and band that you want and order it! Before you had pre-made configurations by Apple and you could only order those. Now the watch itself and the band gets shipped separately as separate products and this is how Apple is able to make this level of customization possible.

With Apple’s new Apple Watch Studio, you can design the perfect watch for you (Source: Apple)

With Apple’s new Apple Watch Studio, you can design the perfect watch for you (Source: Apple)

 

16. Extra Band

However if you do decide to go for an Apple Watch Edition you actually get 2 free bands inside the box. You get a sport band as well as a sport loop band both of which costs $50.

So you actually get those $100 extra that you’ve spent on the Titanium, upgrading from the Stainless steel back or $50 since the Stainless Steel will come with a band of your choice.

You will now get 2 bands in the box on specific models of the Series 5, the Titanium and Ceramic  (Source: Apple)

You will now get 2 bands in the box on specific models of the Series 5, the Titanium and Ceramic

(Source: Apple)

 

17. Up to 32g

Now, if you decide to take your Apple Watch in a spin in a fighter jet the Series 5 will sustain up to 32G of acceleration. So while you’ll probably faint the Apple Watch will keep on ticking.

 

18. Nike Edition

Buy purchasing the Nike Edition Apple Watch you get access to exclusive watch faces like this one (Source: Apple)

Buy purchasing the Nike Edition Apple Watch you get access to exclusive watch faces like this one (Source: Apple)

If you plan on getting the Aluminium version of the Apple Watch don’t, get the Nike Edition instead. The Nike Edition is the same Aluminum version of the Apple Watch but comes with a more unique watch band, the Nike perforated sport band, which you can also buy separately.

But the most important thing here is that it does come with some unique Nike watch faces which you can only get on the Nike version of the Apple Watch and not on the other ones, and guess what? It costs the same as the regular Aluminium models so there’s no reason not to get the Nike edition instead of the regular Aluminium version.


 

19. Series 3

If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Series 5 but with the experience of the Series 5, the Series 3 now starts from $200 (£200) brand new (Source: Apple)

If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Series 5 but with the experience of the Series 5, the Series 3 now starts from $200 (£200) brand new (Source: Apple)

But probably an even better deal is getting an Apple Watch Series 4 refurbished or an Apple Watch Series 3, which now starts from $200 brand new!

Yes, it does come with a smaller display and the slightly outdated design but you still get the exact same Apple Watch experience; a very fast processor, a speaker, ‘Hey Siri’ support and even 50m water resistance for swimming.

The display is just as bright, at 1000 nits so you’re not really missing out on much and it’s half the price of the Series 5.



 

20. WatchOS 6 Features

Finally, during the September event Apple made it look as if the new watch faces or features such as cycle tracking are only available to the Series 5.

But nope, the Series 4, 3, 2 and even 1 support watchOS 6 so you’ll get most of the watchOS 6 features anyways, including the brand new watch faces on your previous Apple Watches as well!

Regardless of the model of Apple Watch you have, it will be compatible with watchOS 6 (Source: Apple)

Regardless of the model of Apple Watch you have, it will be compatible with watchOS 6 (Source: Apple)


So there you have it, 20 things you may or may not have known about the Apple Watch Series 5. Which of these did you know and what was the most interesting point? Let us know in the comments!