When a new generation of a gadget appears, users inevitably have a reasonable question: how does the presented device differ from its predecessor? In this article, let’s compare Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6. What’s new in the sixth series, and what remains unchanged? Should you upgrade? Let’s try to figure it out.
♥ BY TOPIC: Tap iPhone Cover – Take a screenshot: How to bind actions to tap on the back of an iPhone.
Below we will consider only those criteria that differ for both watches. If you wish, you can check out detailed reviews of the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5.
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5 design and display
Briefly: Apple Watch Series 6 design remains the same, but there are two new colors (blue and red). Apple Watch Series 6 display is brighter, including when in Always-on mode.
Apple has always been very scrupulous about the design of its devices. Their looks are really well thought out and their shape fits perfectly with functionality. Perhaps that’s why the Apple Watch has kept its design since its debut in 2015. This also applies to the Apple Watch 6 – the model received a rectangular design, which made the device so popular. However, with this generation, for the first time, we got a couple of new colors: blue and red (Product) Red in addition to the previously used silver, gold and gray space.
In Russia, only aluminum Apple Watch Series 6 are available, in some other regions, titanium and stainless steel options are also offered.
As for the Apple Watch 6 display, this is the same Always-on Retina screen as Series 5 had with the same resolution (368 × 448 and 324 × 394). However, there is a big improvement in screen brightness. Apple claims the new display is two and a half times brighter in Always-on mode and 20% brighter in normal mode, and it also has the ability to use an always-on altimeter (altimeter). The watch will show how the owner’s height changes in real time.
Another big difference is the lack of Force Touch (touch force sensor). Apple ditched the pressure sensing feature after the iPhone XS / XS Max line of smartphones. On Apple Watch Series 6, Force Touch is a press and hold function. In its guidelines for UI design, Apple advises removing elements that previously used Force Touch.
♥ BY TOPIC: In iOS 14, at the top of the screen, a green or orange indicator lights up: what are they for?
Software and performance
Briefly: Apple Watch Series 6 processor is 20% faster than the chip found in Apple Watch Series 5. Apple Watch Series 6 has a new sensor that measures blood oxygen levels.
With every new generation of Apple Watch, there is a leap in performance thanks to a new chipset. The S6 chip that powers the Apple Watch Series 6 is 20% faster than the previous generation. It is based on the same A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11.
Another major hardware upgrade in the Series 6 is the built-in pulse oximeter sensor (detail).
It can be used to measure blood oxygen levels in just 15 seconds and send this information to a new app “Oxygen in the blood”…
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5 have the following new features:
- Sharing watch faces with other users;
- The watch face can have multiple extensions for each application.
- Additional training modes: basic training, dancing, functional strength training and recovery.
- Sleep tracking.
- Hand washing detection.
- Cycling routes.
- Track the duration of listening to headphones.
♥ BY TOPIC: How to download a video from VK (VKontakte) to an iPhone or iPad and watch without the Internet.
Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5 battery
Briefly: On average, the battery life of Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5 is identical.
Battery life is always important to smartwatches. Apple claims the Apple Watch Series 5 offers 18 hours of battery life, which has already been verified and confirmed by repeated tests and user reviews. Recent leaks show that the Apple Watch Series 6 uses a 303.8mAh battery. The previous model, the Apple Watch Series 5, had a 296mAh battery, but with the new features and sensors in the Apple Watch Series 6, expect a battery life of around 18 hours. This is exactly what Apple’s official statement on the battery life of the Apple Watch Series 6 says.
♥ BY TOPIC: Undo and Redo: New gestures in iPhone and iPad that you might not know about.
Contents of delivery
The only significant drawback of the Apple Watch Series 6 in comparison with the Apple Watch Series 5 is the presence of a charger (USB adapter) in the kit. In the box of the 2020 flagship watch, in addition to the device itself with a strap, there is only a charging cable.
♥ BY TOPIC: New in iOS 14: How to hide unwanted application pages from the home screen on iPhone and iPad.
Apple continues to stick to its pricing tradition. The price of Apple Watch Series 6 in Russia is 36,990 rubles for the 40-mm version and 39,490 rubles for the 44-mm version. In turn, the Apple Watch Series 5 was discontinued, but you can still buy them in the networks of official resellers at a price of 31,990 rubles for the 40mm version and 33,990 rubles for the 44mm version.
Buy Apple Watch Series 6
Buy Apple Watch Series 5
♥ BY TOPIC: How to block all calls from unknown and hidden numbers on iPhone: 2 ways.
Which is better to buy Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch Series 5?
There is no definite answer, since everything depends on the selection criteria. If you already own an Apple Watch Series 5, there really aren’t many reasons to choose Series 6. Of course, the new watch has a better processor, a brighter screen, and a blood oxygen sensor. On the other hand, Apple Watch Series 5 has the same screen size, almost identical functionality, and is still quite fast. This is not the case if you are considering upgrading your Apple Watch Series 6 or Series 5 with Series 2 or Series 3. This is the perfect time to get a clear improvement in performance and features, all at the same starting price as before.