Apple's next smartwatch won't appear until the latter half of 2019, with the Apple Watch Series 4 only making its way onto wrists last September. But that doesn't mean we can't start talking about it.
Here's everything we expect to see on the Apple Watch Series 5, coupled with any rumours floating around.
What will the next Apple Watch be called?
- Probably Apple Watch Series 5
It is therefore highly likely we can expect the 2019 model of the company's smartwatch to be called the Apple Watch Series 5, succeeding 2018's Apple Watch Series 4.
You never know though, maybe it will be called Apple Watch X, but we doubt it.
Apple Watch Series 5 release date
- Predicting 10 September 2019
Apple typically holds its iPhone launch event in September of every year and the next iteration of the Watch is normally announced at the same time.
This launch event normally takes place in the second week of September on a Tuesday. We're therefore placing our money on 10 September 2019, though we expect nothing to be confirmed until late August 2019.
What we want and expect to see on the next Apple Watch
- Focus on fitness - more advanced features
- Improved battery life
- Always On Display
- Smart straps
The Apple Watch Series 4 made some big design changes in terms of display. The general style and shape remains the same as the original Watch, but the Series 4 offers a lot more screen in similar footprints.
We're therefore not expecting huge design changes for the Apple Watch Series 5. Instead, we expect 2019 to be more of an "S" year for the Watch, allowing the iPhone to snap up the limelight. The Apple Watch has had the same form factor since it was first introduced so we would be surprised to see this change, especially next year, but hey, you never know.
What we do expect however, is more health and fitness features, perhaps taking on the likes of Garmin with more running functions like cadence tracking for example. Garmin also do a great job of enabling users to share their runs or activity so we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple take a leaf out of this book. See what Apple has announced for watchOS 6 already below.
We'd like to see battery improvements to match other smartwatches in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy Watch and we'd also like to see an Always On Display for the Series 5. It would also be great to see the Apple Watch unlock more. Rather than just being able to unlock your Mac, perhaps it could act as your office key card too, for example.
Other possibilities could include things like smart straps, third party support for watch faces, a camera and FaceID, though we suspect the latter two are wishful thinking rather than plausible additions, mainly due to lack of space for the sensors.
What's new in watchOS 6?
- Coming to Apple Watch Series 1 or later
- Has its own App Store
- Plus women's health features
The next-generation Apple Watch software has been announced and has a few tricks up its sleeve which will come to Apple Watch Series 5. There's an App Store, a step towards Apple Watch not being so reliant on your iPhone.
There are new watch faces, as you'd expect - a new gradient face, digital face and more, while you can also get Apple Watch to alert you at the top of the hour. A new Noise app alerts you if the decibel level is too high around you - it's designed for those regularly in noisy environments where there is potential for gradual hearing loss after long-term exposure.
Then there's a cycle tracking feature that will enable female watch wearers to track menstrual cycles. You can also get predictions about fertile times. This will be available in the Health App in iOS, too, so you won't necessarily need an Apple Watch.
Finally new Apple Watch apps for voice memos, calculator and audiobooks are also due - and the calculator will be able to split-the-bill and work out tips.
Apple Watch Series 5 rumours: What's happened?
Here are all the rumours and news so far, surrounding the Apple Watch Series 5.
3 June 2019: WatchOS 6 confirmed
Apple announced the new version of its watch software that will come to the Apple Watch Series 5 when it's launched - see above.
3 April 2019: OLED screens ordered for Series 5
Reuters reported that Apple has asked Japan Display to supply new OLED screens, which are presumed to be for the next generation of Apple Watch. No further details were provided though.
26 February 2019: Apple testing sleep tracking for Watch
Bloomberg reported that Apple was testing sleep tracking technology for its Apple Watch, though it's not expected to arrive until 2020.
16 January 2019: Three big health features rumoured
The Fast Company reported that Apple has hired numerous clinicians and engineers to work on health features for the Apple Watch, which are said to include blood pressure, blood glucose or diabetes management and sleep tracking or science.
8 May 2018: Patent for round Apple Watch approved
A patent for circular screen technology was approved, after being originally filed in January 2016. The filing mentioned wrist wear, leading some to assume a circular Apple Watch was coming.