Apple Watch Series 5
The always-on display makes an
incredible difference

The good The Apple Watch Series 5 adds an
always-on display, so it can show the time all
the time. An added compass aids navigation
and improves elevation readings. Cellular
models gain an international SOS mode.

The bad Battery life remains a day and a half
at best. No new health features, and the watch
lacks native sleep tracking. Needs an iPhone
to set up and work. Offers only Apple's
growing but limited selection of watch faces.

The bottom line Apple's subtly improved watch
adds a key overdue feature and improved
software with this update, but it remains largely
the same great smartwatch as last year.

fter a week of living with the new
Apple Watch Series 5, which goes on
sale Sept. 20 for $399 (£399, AU
$649), I can report that its always-on
display delivers what I've wanted.The
Apple Watch Series 5 It's an upgrade that was
long overdue.

 I notice it a lot because now I
can glance at the time when I'm typing. Or
casually watching TV. Or driving.

 No more
weird arm twists. And no more awkward
comparisons to other always-on smartwatches,
which include the Pebble, Amazfit Bip, Fitbit
Versa 2, Samsung Galaxy Watch and Google
Wear OS watches.

The always-on display is the key new feature
in the Apple Watch Series 5.