Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Series Watch 5: What’s Changed?

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Series Watch 5: What’s Changed?

Apple unveiled earlier today its latest flagship smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6. Compared to its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 5, let’s see what changed and if there is a need for an upgrade.

 Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch Series 5
Display size (approx.)1.78mm, 1.57mm1.78mm, 1.57mm
Display typeAlways-On OLED Retina displayAlways-On OLED Retina display
Resolution44mm - 368 x 448
40mm - 324 x 394
44mm - 368 x 448
40mm - 324 x 394
Case44mm, 40mm44mm, 40mm
Chipset, ProcessorApple S6, dual-coreApple S5, dual-core
OSwacthOS 7watchOS 6, upgradable to watchOS7
BatteryUp to 18 hoursUp to 18 hours
Built-in Speakers and MicYesYes
ConnectionWi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0
U1 Ultra Wideband supportYesNo
AltimeterYes, Always-OnYes
Digital Crown haptic feedbackYesYes
Heat SensorYesYes
Fall DetectionYesYes
Emergency SOSYesYes
ECG AppYesYes
Blood OxygenYesNo
Noise MonitoringYesYes
Low, High, Irregular Heart NotificationsYesYes
Optical Heart SensorYesYes
Water resistanceUp to 50 metersUp to 50 meters
Family Setup supportYesYes
Price40mm - PHP 22,990
44mm - PHP 24,990
40mm - PHP 23,990
44mm - PHP 25,990

Summary of improvements to the Apple Watch Series 6:
• New Apple S6 Chipset
• Blood Oxygen sensor
• U1 Ultra Wideband support
• Always-on Altimeter

The major upgrade that the Apple Watch 6 gets is the new Apple S6 chip. Spec-wise, this gives more power for the smartwatch to perform faster and more fluidly.

In terms of the added health tools that you can utilize for the watch is the Blood Oxygen app. This is great especially for those who want to monitor their oxygen levels in real-time.


The U1 Ultrawideband support lets devices precisely pinpoint and measure the distance between other UWB equipped devices. The technology lets you communicate and find other devices that are equipped with the same chip. If it’s not the same technology, it doesn’t really help that much.

As for the Always-on Altimeter, this helps you know how high you are from sea level which is already one of the features that the predecessor already has but not on the Always-On mode.

Should you upgrade?

If you’re the type of person who uses the health monitoring tools of the Apple Watch, and you’re coming from an older model, YES. The Blood Oxygen app is a big deal as it gives you more insight into your current health status.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts and comment them down below.

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