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Apple Watch 6 vs 5 – Is it Worth Upgrading?



Apple introduced us with the latest Apple Watch Series 6 that promises many new features compared to the old model. You must be wondering if it is worth upgrading to the latest Series 5 considering the low discounted price on the Apple Watch 5.

Like any Apple watch, they look very similar at first glance, and they share many same features like ECH functionality, always-on display, and much more.

Let’s jump into their specifications and find out which Apple Watch is better Series 5 or Series 6.


Both smartwatches come with a Retina LTPO OLED display. The only significant difference is that the always-on display on the latest Series 6 is two-and-a-half times brighter than the Series 5 when your wrist is in a stand by position.

However, this is a software tweak that can easily be applied to the previous Series 5.

Other than that, both smartwatches have the same display without any difference in terms of technical specifications.


This is a bit tricky since both processors in the Apple Watch Series 6, and Series 5 are 64-bit dual-core chips. However, the latest S6 processor on the newer model is based on the A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11. This means that the Apple Watch Series 6 is 20 percent faster than the previous model.

Don’t get this wrong, the Apple Watch Series 5 is still an incredibly fast performing smartwatch.

Health Monitoring

The obvious reason for buying a smartwatch, apart from the increased functionality, is health monitoring.

The newer Series 6 offers blood oxygen monitoring and a brand new state of the art health monitoring feature, which is never seen on an Apple watch before.

This feature will measure your oxygen saturation in your blood, just so the watch can better understand your wellbeing.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 5 still shares a large number of health monitoring features such as:

  • ECGs
  • Heart sensor
  • Heart rhythm classification

Both Apple Watches have great health and activity trackers that will be as precise as the baseball odds in BetAmerica.

Battery Life

Battery life plays a vital role when choosing your smartwatch. In terms of battery life, both models promise an “all-day” battery life of around 18 hours.

This was the biggest disappointment for Apple fans since many people expected a battery life improvement just because many other smartwatch models already surpassed the Apple watch in terms of battery life.

If the battery life is your main concern, it is not worth upgrading to the latest Apple Watch Series 6.


Fortunately, Apple decided to go with its iconic Apple Watch design, which looks stunning. The overall shape of both watches is almost identical, with a slight difference when it comes to materials and color options.

The newer Apple Watch Series 6 is available in aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium, whereas the previous Series 5 is also available in ceramic.

The screen is also the same on the stainless steel, ceramic, or titanium, which is non-scratchable sapphire crystal, whereas the aluminium models use Ion-X to strengthen the glass.

When it comes to colors, the newer generation Series 6 aluminum version is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Blue, or Red. The stainless steel is available in Graphite, Gold, or Silver, and the titanium is available in Space black or titanium.

The only color additions when compared to the previous Apple Watch 5 are the Blue and Red option.

Other Apple Options

Apple also introduced its budget-friendly smartwatch called Apple Watch SE, which comes with fewer features than the previous Series 5 and a fraction of the cost compared to the latest Series 6.

The Apple Watch SE doesn’t come with an always-on display, blood oxygen monitoring, or ECG, but it still has the S5 chip from the Series 5.

Final Thoughts

If you are still wondering if it is worth upgrading, the answer is no, especially if you have the previous Series 5 Apple Watch.

Everyone expected new revolutionary features on the latest Apple Watch, but the truth is we’ve got a new refined Apple Watch 5.


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