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The compass on the Apple Watch Series 5 will work better with certain straps

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Published on Sep 16, 2019

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The compass on the Apple Watch Series 5 will work better with certain straps

Apple Watch Series 5 is the first version to include an integrated digital compass, but Apple failed to change the laws of physics when it comes to the way magnets could work. For this reason, Apple suggests to use certain straps, compared to the other if the compass reliability is important.

This is because digital compasses like the one on the inside of the new Apple Watch Series 5 and iPhone 3GS, you have to rely on a sensor in the league magnetoresistente called a magnetometer to detect the levels of magnetism.

The orientation of the device is not a factor due to the design of three-axis, but the magnetic interference is something to which the magnetometers are facing and that also includes straps magnetic for Apple Watch.

Apple warns that the bands with clips, magnets may cause interference with the built-in compass, and limit the accuracy. This is because the sensor can confuse the magnetic attraction of the band to that of the planet, confusing the ability of the compass app to interpret the direction in which you're actually facing.

This type of interface would not prevent the correct operation of the navigation by using GPS, but would limit the ability of the compass to show the bearing in the foot.

The declaration of non-liability of Apple is attached to each strap of the Apple Watch with a magnetic fastener including a Loop of leather, mesh, Milanese strap and Modern. The straps that do not affect the accuracy of the compass include leather straps Sports, Sports, and Herm├Ęs.

Apple assembles some models of the Series 5 with bands which can cause interference with the compass, although it is possible to combine houses and bands within the same collection starting this year with Apple Watch Studio. Apple has also sold wristbands with watches that before had not been approved for use with the new features; straps of metal and leather are not rated for water resistance such as the Apple Watch Series 2 and later versions.

The same warning should apply to the straps of third parties that also use the magnetic locks. Apple Watch Series 5 with a new display that is always on is already available for preorder and will arrive in stores on Friday.

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