We’re probably still months away from the release of the Apple Watch Series 5, but in the meantime, the rumor mill is busily churning out stories. We can get some hints about it from watchOS 6 and from expectations based on previous models.
Apple Watch Series 5 release date and price
Apple hasn’t said anything about when its next watch will be out, but typically, the company reveals its updated smartwatch during the fall iPhone launch event. We expect the same thing this year. The launch timeline for the iPhone 11 has supposedly been leaked, and it puts the event in September, which is in line with expectations.
Thus, we expect the Apple Watch Series 5 to be unveiled at the same time and launched not long after. Apple tends to schedule its iPhone events for the second Tuesday of September, which would be Sept. 10. This is purely a guess based on previous launch timelines, of course.
The next-generation Apple Watch could be priced at $399 for the non-LTE model, which would be line with the Series 4’s price last year. However, it could come with an even higher price tag, depending on whether Apple packs any new sensors in it.
We know watchOS 6 is bringing the App Store to the Apple Watch so that the device will be able to break away even further from the iPhone, so we expect the Apple Watch Series 5 to make the most of this. Even though previous watch models are also expected to get the App Store as part of watchOS 6, the Series 5 could have more functionality on this front.
We also would not be surprised if Apple’s next-generation watch finally comes with some sleep-tracking features. The company has made health and fitness a major focus for its smartwatch, but it hasn’t offered any sleep-tracking features so far. It’s possible that sleep tracking could finally become a reality with the Series 5, although this is purely based on what’s offered by other smartwatches and trackers. Bloomberg also reported that Apple was working on sleep-tracking features, although the media outlet also said it might not be ready until next year.
The watch will also be packed with even more health- and fitness-tracking features. We already know Apple has been planning two new apps called “Cycles,” a menstrual tracking app for women, and “Dose,” an app designed to help users keep track of their medications. The Series 5 will likely come with even more health features.
We’ve also heard that this year’s model could have an OLED panel from Japan Display, which was particularly interesting because Japan Display hasn’t previously sold OLED displays. It supplied LCDs for Apple’s other products, but not OLED displays. The Apple Watch Series 5 is expected to retain the same design as previous models, although analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned the return of a ceramic casing. However, he didn’t offer many details, like whether the ceramic model will be reserved only for the most expensive model like it was in models before the Series 4 or if ceramic will play an even bigger role in the design of the Series 5.