The Apple Watch Series 4 did a lot for the Apple Watch’s popularity, completely revolutionizing the appearance of the device. Still a smartwatch, Apple was able to turn its Series 4 into one of the most attractive and fancy digital watches yet. This is due in large part due to not only the larger watch face, but a bezel-less display that gave it more of a watch appeal. Of course, new watch faces really helped it out, too.
That said, after just launching in September, people are wondering what’s next for the Apple Watch. Will we see see a new design with the Apple Watch Series 5, or will it be much of the same as the Series 4? When is the Apple Watch Series 5 going to release this year anyway? These are all questions that fans of the Apple Watch are asking, and especially those that are on the Series 3 looking to upgrade.
That said, if you follow along with us below, we’ll show you everything you need to know about what’s next for the Apple Watch. Let’s dive right in.
Apple Watch Series 5 Release Date
First and foremost, you’re probably wondering when the new Series 5 is going to launch. Well, while we have not yet heard any official news on when that will happen, we do have a pretty good idea on when we can see the new watch this year, partially by looking at patterns from previous launch years.
Here’s how Apple has launched its wearable device:
- Apple Watch launches in April 2015
- Series 1 launches September 2016
- Series 2 launches September 2016
- Series 3 launches September 2017
- Series 4 launches September 2018
That said, you can see Apple has a pretty good pattern for launching the Apple Watch, generally keeping to the once per year in September timeline. This is generally the same timeline that Apple has on the launch of its new line of iPhones every year as well.
As you can see, it wouldn’t be too far fetched of an idea to see the Apple Watch Series 5 launch in September of 2019. Apple has a similar release schedule for the iPhone, so we will likely see the two devices be announced and launch alongside each other around the same time. After all, Apple would not likely hold two separate events to announce the two devices around the same time.
Apple Watch Series 5 Price
The next question is obvious — how much is the Apple Watch Series 5 going to cost? It all depends on the materials used and the new innovations that Apple packs into it; however, we have seen a price increase almost every year.
In addition, Apple will no doubt launch the Series 5 in a variety of different models. Just like with the Series 4, we will no doubt see an Aluminum body, as well as a Stainless Steel body. However, you’ll likely have a smaller and larger variation for each material type, just like Apple did with the Series 4.
Series 4 prices, in the aluminum body, actually look something like this:
- Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm, GPS): $399
- Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm, GPS): $429
- Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm, GPS and cellular): $499
- Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm, GPS and cellular): $529
The Apple Watch Series 4 in Stainless Steel is way more expensive than that, almost doubling in prices.
As we already mentioned, these prices are more expensive than the last year. A lot of that is in due part to the new and larger watch face — essentially a new design overall. However, since Apple has added an increase price with every new launch, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same with the Apple Watch Series 5 — especially if Apple is planning on further revamping the design of this one as well.
Apple Watch Series 5 Design
Speaking of a revamped design, we’re not sure exactly what’s going to be in store for the Apple Watch Series 5 this year. The most we’ve heard as far as circulating rumors is that the pricier, Ceramic material could make a comeback. But other than that, we should expect to see the same, plain design that the Apple Watch currently has.
Many would say that the Apple Watch hasn’t gotten much of a change since the watch originally launched in 2015. And they’re right — for the most part, we have the same design that we saw in 2015. It got a slight revamp in 2018 with the Series 4, where we got a flatter face, as well as more screen real estate, thanks to largely getting rid of bezels.
That was a significant change as far as the Apple Watch goes, and Apple likely thinks so, too. That said, we’ll likely see much of the same design in the Apple Watch Series 5, with Apple almost exclusively focusing on the hardware internals this time around. That certainly wouldn’t surprise at all.
However, it’s hard to know for sure. The folks that really want to see a circular Apple Watch are saying that we’ll see one of that type this year, but that’s a rumor that tends to circulate almost every year, and with little no rumors to back it up. That said, we can’t say or not what Apple will do here in terms of a round display. As much as we’d like to see one — as we think something like that would look so much more stylish — we think things are going to be pretty much the same as last year — a plain, square Apple Watch again.
Apple Watch Series 5 Sleep Tracking
One of the things that we have yet to see in the Apple Watch is some concrete sleep tracking features. Sure, you can add sleep tracking to the Apple Watch by way of downloading an app, but it’s not tied in well into the Health app or other activity features. That said, rumor has it that we could actually see some native support for sleep tracking this time around.
This rumor comes by way of Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, citing sources that are familiar with the matter. He claims that his sources say that Apple has been testing a sleep tracking feature across several sites in Cupertino, California. They haven’t said whether or not it’s been successful, but if it is, it’s likely that sleep tracking could launch in 2020.
Unfortunately, the discouraging aspect to this news is that this would coincide with the Series 6 Apple Watch, and not necessarily the Series 5, unless Gurman is talking about it being something as simple as a software feature, which could be easily added to the watch through a software update.
One of the major requirements that would be required with the Apple Watch is a battery that could last a couple of days. It’s not that sleep tracking itself takes a lot of battery, but it’s more that your Apple Watch won’t be on a charger for a couple of days, simply because you’ll need it to be on your wrist at night to, well, capture sleep data. And then, of course, you’ll be wanting to use it for the rest of the day when you awake.
Sleep tracking would likely help increase sales of the Apple Watch as well. The biggest differentiation between The Apple Watch and many of the Fitbit bands really is sleep tracking and battery life. This would likely encourage folks to move from the Fitbit over to the Apple Watch, giving users data on how long you slept, the quality of the sleep, and then differentiation between light, deep, and REM sleep.
Apple Watch Series 5 Software
Speaking of software, what will obviously happen is that watchOS 6 will be announced at Apple’s yearly developer conference in June — WWDC 2019. We will see watchOS 6 demoed there, as well as the next variation of iOS. It will likely head into a testing phase at that point, and then will officially launch to coincide with the Apple Watch Series 5 launch.
It will be likely that previous models and generations of the Apple Watch will get this new software update; however, if Sleep Tracking launches with watchOS 6, we could likely see that feature left out for previous watches, largely because of the battery issue that we just discussed.
We, unfortunately, don’t have any concrete details on what watchOS 6 will contain, but being around a month away, it shouldn’t be long before we get some solid details.
Should you upgrade now?
So should you upgrade your Apple Watch from whatever generation you’re on now to the Series 4? If you’re on an older version like Series 1 or Series 2, the difference in performance and appearance is astronomical, and we think, would be worth it.
However, with us being so late in the upgrade cycle, waiting just a couple more months wouldn’t be a bad thing, so that you can make sure you have the latest and greatest. We would personally wait until September, simply because we don’t know what will happen with the new Apple Watch in terms of design.
As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to with the Apple Watch Series 5. Are you planning on waiting and picking one up when it launches later this year? Do you have anything you’d like to see in the new watch in particular? Let us know in the comments section below.