Metal straps can cause interference to the Series 5 compass

Apple Watch Series 5

With the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 5, we reached the fifth generation Apple Watch. Its long-awaited renewal came the hand of the Series 4, a renewal that only affected the size of the screen, passing this to reach the front frames, since the size of the straps remained the same as in previous models.

The Apple Watch Series 5 has come from the hand of two functions: Always-on display and incorporation of a compass. The possibility of being able to keep the screen always on is one of those that has attracted the most attention for most users, something that the compass has not achieved, a compass that by the way is not compatible with some metal straps.

Apple Watch Series 5

When we are going to buy an Apple Watch Series 5, in the small letter, we can see the following message:

Some straps contain magnets that could cause interference with the Apple Watch compass.

Therefore, belts that use a magnet to hold the strap They can interfere with the information displayed by the Series 5 compass, such as tilt, heading, latitude, longitude, and altitude.

The straps that can affect the operation of the compass, and that Apple has for sale, are the Milanesse, Modern Buckle and Leather Loop, all of them have a magnetic grip system.

Before shouting to the sky, especially haters, keep in mind that Magnetic interference can affect the operation of any compass, so this is not an issue unique to the Apple Watch Series 5.

If we plan to get the most out of the built-in compass of the Series 5, we must consider this aspect and do not use straps whose grip system is based on a magnet.

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