Apple Watch Series 5: Rumors, price, fitness, battery and everything else

CNET | 4/22/2019 | Scott Stein
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The Apple Watch Series 4 was a big step for Apple versus its previous watches: a refined design, a larger screen and some FDA-cleared ECG tech to boot, but this year's Apple Watch Series 5 could be even better.

Even though the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch right now, that doesn't mean it's perfect. The Apple Watch is missing some important features present on some of its competitors, especially in the fitness tracking realm. This is what we expect to see in the Apple Watch Series 5 based on the rumors and its missing features.

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Missing feature: Sleep tracking...

Bloomberg ran a report back in February that Apple is planning to integrate advanced sleep tracking into the Apple Watch, but maybe not until 2020. The Apple Watch can't track sleep, at least not natively. Instead it relies on third-party sleep tracking apps that can be installed on the watch, but they're by no means a fully integrated solution that works seamlessly via Apple's own Health and Activity apps. The iPhone has had a sleep-related bedtime clock for years, and getting proper sleep seems to line up with Apple's other core heart health and wellness missions (Apple acquired the sleep-tracking company Beddit in 2017.) Maybe 2019's watch will make a step toward improving the hardware to enable sleep tracking.

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The Apple Watch would need better battery life for sleep tracking. Currently, it can last up to a day and a half before needing a recharge. The Apple Watch Series 5 could add a more efficient processor that can switch to a low-power mode at night... or, perhaps just increase the size of the battery. Reports of improved battery life are already out there. Qualcomm's new Wear OS chips last year were aiming at similar longer-life features, too.

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