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The 5th Generation Apple Watch Evaluation: the unextinguished screen is the biggest change in the past dynasties

via:新浪科技     time:2019/9/18 18:31:52     readed:1342


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Apple Watch Series 5 is the second appearance at the autumn press conference

A screen that will never go out

This is the most significant change in Apple Watch this year. This function, called "Always-On" and "Always Display" by Apple, was originally created bythree stars / Manufacturers such as moto enlightened the concept on their smart meters, when users saw that the color dial went out and turned into a monochrome black-and-white display.

In this state,Material dial into the power-saving state, can display time but no more information. For smart watches, Always-On only retains the most basic function as a watch, that is to see the time, black and white monochrome is mainly to ensure the durability.

The usual bright display on the smartwatch is not new. Samsung watches and so on have been around for a long time.

Apple's "always show" is a bit different, although late, but they have achieved the "people have my best" experience. So Apple Watch's Always-On is real Always-On. You raise your wrist screen, light it up, put it down, but don't put it out.

The fifth generation Apple Watch is awakened to the bright screen state

Turn off the screen and enter the Always-On state (the white background turns black and the second hand disappears)

The new screen, officially known as an all-weather retinal display, can never go out. When you put down your wrist, it minimizes brightness but is still lit. The dial pointer changes in some detail (for example, the second hand is gone), but it is roughly the same as the previous dial. Plug-ins on the screen, such as UV index, schedule reminder, and so on, can still be seen in this state.

It's still an OLED screen, but it's changed internally.

New changes come from screens and corresponding software optimizations. Before the fifth generation, Apple Watch was also a practical OLED screen, which could theoretically make the screen always bright, but at that time the back substrate material of OLED panel was LTPS (cryogenic polysilicon). This material has not been optimized for the high performance of small and medium-sized OLED panels-generally speaking, it costs electricity in the lit state, which is a big problem for watches where the battery itself is very small.

On the fifth generation of Apple Watch, LTPO came. It lays an oxide layer on the basis of LTPS. The refresh rate can be adjusted to 1Hz at the lowest level without affecting the original display function. That's the key to the Apple Always-On, and its appearance, too, showsApple has taken care of the mass production of LTPO's OLED screen.

The substrate material changes, only then has the Always-On

Apple previously had LTPO technology patent holdings

The conference also mentioned ambient light sensors, power management and display drive changes. Combined with these hardware and software, users see the final effect of the all-weather retinal display screen, which makes the screen always bright without significantly increasing the power consumption, and keeps the watch running for "18 hours".

In addition to substrate materials, ambient light sensors, power management and display drivers have also been improved

As for the endurance that many people care about, although the fifth generation of Apple Watch has always said that it is 18 hours, in fact, since the third generation, the actual use time is more than (or can be said to be far greater) 18 hours without too much wastage of watch batteries, and generally can reach 1.5 to 2 days.

After opening it for the first time, charging to 100%, wearing it at 17:00 on the same day, about 100 notices pop-up, 20 minutes of outdoor walking training, 20 minutes of navigation, to the next day or so, the battery dropped to 0%. That is,It took about 23 hours altogether.. The continuation has exceeded expectations.

The "Always Display" of the fifth generation of Apple Watch is turned on by default, and of course users can choose to turn it off, which may give it additional life. But because of the time relationship, the same state can be measured about three hours more. In addition, some media asked the relevant people on the spot of the release meeting whether they would "burn the screen" all the time, and the answer was No.

The screen is always bright and the watch can still last more than 18 hours

Apple Watch's display function is always configured by the sensor of the watch. When you raise your hand, the watch lights up, which is no different from before; unlike when you put down your wrist, the watch screen will reach Always-On state.What it means is that it slowly changes the habit of using Apple Watch. 。 Just look at your wrist and you can see the time.

The biggest change in the fifth generation of Apple Watch is not only to keep the screen unextinguished, but also to save electricity.

At work, grabbing subway handrails, or talking to people, former Apple Watch users no longer need to flip their hands and wrists so loudly when watching time.

Hands down, Apple Watch returns to the always-On dial; in some special cases, such as when navigation is turned on and wrist down, it displays a time-only interface to save electricity.

In the non-dial interface, the screen is always on for only a few minutes.

And a new feature is the compass.

In addition to the visible screen changes, a new compass sensor is added inside the watch.Previously, it had similar functions. It pointed to the north of the magnetic field by detecting the earth's magnetic field. Then it was presented on the watch by software algorithm.


In addition to pointing direction, it can also display the current coordinates, altitude and other data.

On the fifth generation of Apple Watch, the compass is a stand-alone App that can show elevation and horizontal angles, as well as directions, and can be used for its own maps. Open the App on your watch and you can see your direction manually, just like a traditional compass.


A compass on the wrist

In the post-conference experience area, Apple presented some demo applications using compass sensors, such as Night Sky, to find constellations in the night sky. There was no compass to correct the position of the moon before. Now there is a compass, skipping this step to find stars directly; another more practical example It's Yelp, pointing at the restaurant with a compass.

Relevant people at Apple have determined that in the future, the compass API on watches will be open to third-party developers to create applications that need to be pointed to and expand usage scenarios.

Although Apple suggested that some metal bands might affect the compass, we tested the all-metal Mirannis strap and did not affect the direction. However, there are a variety of third-party watches, if there is a great need for compass user advice is still cautious.


All-metal Milanese does not affect the compass

Emergency call function automation

In addition to the screen and compass, the fifth generation of Apple Watch has added some details, such as the cellular data version, which supports emergency calls in 150 countries. Whether you enabled this feature or not, as long as the cellular data version is available, emergency calls can be dialed out in times of crisis (in fact, just like mobile phones without SIM cards). Call 110/119/120, etc.

Like the fall detection of the previous watch, this feature is prepared for critical times, and this unusual feature also reflects Apple's mind: it automatically sets an emergency phone number based on the wearer's location, such as 911 in the United States. Once you have a crisis in a foreign country, it is clear that it is too late to set it up.


Emergency Call Automation for Countries and Regions

The "fall test", which had a good reputation on the fourth generation Apple Watch, was retained on the fifth generation watch, and the watchOS 6 system also brought noise detection, menstrual cycle, fitness record trends and so on.



Noise, Female Cycle, etc. are the functions of Watch OS 6 system updates

The former makes users aware of noise that may damage hearing, while the latter is mainly female care, and the trend of fitness records needs to be viewed through the "fitness records" App on iPhone. For example, I have been exercising very little lately, it will remind me that there is too little exercise in the near future to pay attention to.


Trends in Fitness Records

These are all things Apple is expanding.Apple Watch Healthy EcologyThe part of At first there were only three rings, but then more data, noise, menstruation and so on were new elements.

Compared with the fourth generation, the fifth generation Apple Watch is a small improvement of s, its core processor has not changed (and there is no cost of CPU application), but we still recommend that the original Apple Watch user upgrade, because the screen always displayed will change the way people interact with watches. Getting used to the fifth generation and then wearing it back to the fourth generation, you will find it a bit silly to turn your wrists and look at time.

So even for fourth-generation users, I would recommend upgrading this year. The improvements brought about by this small screen are too obvious, and they are in the most visible place.


Apple Watch changes the mode of interaction between Apple Watch and people.

In addition, this year Apple added two new material case, a variety of collocations dazzling. Talk about the purchase suggestions:

This generation of watches is still 40mm and 44mm in size, the same as the fourth generation, corresponding to the previous 38mm and 42mm styles.Former strap chargers were universal.

This generation of Apple Watch has two new materials, more strap-on, and hundreds of permutations. In order to make it clear to users, Apple added the "Apple Watch Custom Workshop ", users click on the mouse with their favorite watch case strap combination, easy to buy.


There are many styles of watchcase straps, each of which has two sizes, so the page customization and selection function is on-line.

The fifth generation Apple Watch has added a titanium case, which is treated as wire drawing process and is not so obvious when compared with polished stainless steel. Titanium is harder and lighter than stainless steel, and holds it as if it were an aluminum alloy. Although the new material is classified under the "Apple Watch Edition" high-end series, the starting price is only 800yuan more expensive than the stainless steel version, which is the cheapest in the Edition series at present.

If the budget is between 5000 and 6000 yuan, or users of the original stainless steel watch, you can see this one if you want to change it this year.


Titanium case has two colors, and the surface is treated by metal wire drawing process.

The second generation of ceramic watchcase appeared on the regression, the price is also the highest. The starting price of 9999 yuan is barely an entry-level price in the mechanical watches camp, but for the smart watches or the smart watches camp, 10,000 yuan is already the most luxurious choice. Users who want their watches to be decorative (to show their identity) can consider this one.

At the same time, users with a budget of 10000 yuan can also consider Herm è s version.


Ceramic material has also returned this year, becoming the most expensive style.

For more than 80% of users, aluminum alloy sports is still the most affordable choice, although the case looks not as high-end as stainless steel titanium alloy, the outer glass is still reinforced glass rather than sapphire glass, but the internal hardware and functions are not different from the more expensive style, more than 3000 yuan starting price can be accepted even once a year.

As for GPS and cellular network versions. Because of the relevant policies, only a few provinces and municipalities in China have opened this business. If not in these provinces and municipalities, the GPS version is a more practical and affordable choice. Of course, it can't make an emergency call without connecting to the mobile phone.


The cellular network on mobile phones is still available only in a few cities.

In addition to the fifth generation of products, this year Apple will put the third generation of Apple Watch back on the shelves. Although it is an old design and does not have a full-scale screen of the fourth generation, the starting price is only 1499 yuan, and Apple hopes it will attract a wave of new users.

For people who have never been exposed to Apple Watch before, the second generation watch is now running out of batteries by almost those old users, a price that is very lethal. Especially those who are using other smart watches / smart bracelets with iPhone, the Apple Watch will feel the excellent seamless experience between Apple products.

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