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Appleu2019s employed some clever fixes to ensure that the new feature wonu2019t totally sap battery life. Each of the faces gets a low-power, always-on version. In the case of the Meridian face that Iu2019ve been using (new for WatchOS 6), itu2019s white text on a black background. Hold the watch up to your face, however, and the colors invert. The active version is easier to see, and the always-on version uses less power.n

The low-temperature poly-silicon and oxide display (LTPO), meanwhile, adjusts the refresh rate based on usage. Itu2019s a broad spectrum: 60Hz at the high end and as little as 1Hz on the low. The ambient light sensor also automatically adjusts the brightness to help conserve power. Covering the watch with your hand will jumpstart the low-power mode.n

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While complications and other features are still on display, theyu2019re simplified, removing any power-hungry features. That means the second hand disappears on the standard watch face, and when the watch is in workout mode, the milliseconds will disappear until you bring the watch back up to your face.n

The ambient light sensor also works to dim the display in those situations when a bright always-on screen are a genuine nuisance, like watching a movie in a theater. Though while itu2019s fairly dark, youu2019re probably better off switching the watching into Theater mode, which turns the screen off altogether until you press the crown.n

The other big update on the hardware side is the addition of a built-in compass. Like LTE and the speaker before it, the feature represents another case of bringing more smartphone features over to the watch. At present, there are only a handful of Watch applications that utilize the new feature, the most prominent being Appleu2019s own Maps. The addition of the compass makes it much easier to navigate directly from the wearable itself.n

Itu2019s a handy offering on that front. If you donu2019t mind the smaller screen size, itu2019s great being able to find your way around a new area without pulling out your phone.Thereu2019s also Appleu2019s own Compass app, which could prove handy when going for a hike, and also includes a new elevation reading taken from a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS, map data and barometric pressure to determine your positioning relative to sea level.n

Given that the product isnu2019t actually available yet, the number of third-party apps that take advantage of the feature is still pretty limited. That said, the much-loved star map app Night Sky offers a pretty compelling use for the compass, as you swing your arm around to get a better notion of your own place of the massive, ever-expanding cosmos.n

The last big addition is Emergency Calling. Of course, itu2019s not always possible to test out every new feature on a device for obvious reasons. Weu2019re going to have to take Appleu2019s word for it on this one. The feature, which is only supported on the cellular version of the Series 5, brings the ability to call local emergency services when traveling abroad u2014 even when thereu2019s not a phone nearby. The feature also works with the fall-detection feature announced the last time around, sending an emergency SOS if the wearer takes a spill.n

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The new watch will also feature a number of software additions new for WatchOS 6, including Cycle Tracking, which makes it possible to log menstrual health, symptoms, period and fertility windows. Thereu2019s also the Noise app, which utilizes the Watchu2019s built-in microphone to track when noise levels get beyond 90 decibels u2014 at which point they can begin to cause hearing loss.n

The Series 5 starts at $399 for the standard version and $499 for cellular. Prices go up from there, including the lovely new titanium version, which will ruin you $799. The ceramic is arguably the best looking of the bunch, but $1,299 disqualifies that model for the vast majority of us. No one ever said good looks came cheap. There are countless other combinations beyond that, which will be available for mix and match at Appleu2019s retail locations. Everyone you know may be wearing an Apple Watch, but itu2019s still possible to make yours stand out a bit.n

In keeping with the addition of a low-cost iPhone 11, the companyu2019s keeping the Series 3 around at $199, offering a much more accessible price point for first-time buyers. For those who already own the device, thereu2019s probably not enough here to warrant an upgrade from last yearu2019s model, but some welcome new features like the always-on help keep the line fresh.n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

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Yesterday at TechCrunchu2019s Enterprise event in San Francisco, we sat down with three venture capitalists who spend a lot of their time thinking about enterprise startups. We wanted to ask what trends they are seeing, what concerns they might have about the state of the market and, of course, how startups might persuade them to write out a check.n



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