The Apple Watch’s awkward days are now over

Awkward when it comes to someone who owns an Apple Watch 4 series or older, making the social faux pas of checking the time by having raise or lower their arms in order to access the watch face display. For the first five generations of the Apple Watch from 0 to 4 series, an active, always-on watch face could not be displayed, due to screen technology and battery constraints at the time.

And so the ‘raise-to-wake’ motion as born. Raise your arm and your Apple Watch comes alive, then you lowered your arm and it sets it back into the off position. For a lot of Apple Watch users as well as none users, it was an annoying part of Apple’s wearable. It gave off pointed statements to everyone that the wearer was impatient to get going, or really didn’t want to be there or that they were bored to death as they raised their arm and tried to discreetly look down at their 

$400 smartwatch. 

So the ‘always-on’ Apple Watch 5 series is removing this awkwardness in social behavior and is for this precise reason has been receiving a lot of positive attention ever since the Apple’s iPhone this past Tuesday. This feature is also the most meaningful benefit being offered by the 5 series over the 4 series from last year.

In order to attsin the always-on feature, Apple is depending on the Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO), which is a type of OLED-based circuit technology that utilizes a blend of different thin-film transistors. This allows for more control over the smartwatch’s refresh rate display feature because the 5 series uses the LTPO version with new components along with new power management software.

Lowering the refresh rate on the display is why the Apple Watch 5’s second hand disappears in the always-on, low-power mode. It is only visible gliding along smoothly at its full 60Hz refresh rate. According to the Verge, which says, “the Apple Watch would need a higher refresh rate to show something that’s changing over the course of a second, whereas,” it goes on, “the always-on display without the second hand has fewer moving parts in the image and only needs to illustrate change over a longer duration of time.”

Perhaps Apple could have waited to come up with the tech for a higher refresh rate for its 5 series. Let’s hope it  doesn’t come out with a 6 series next year to cover this. A lot of people will not be happy after spending anywhere from $500 to $800 on up for a new Apple Watch 5 series.

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