Last week, Apple introduced the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and 10.2-inch iPad with the Smart Connector and the Apple Watch Series 5. The fifth generation of the Apple Bite Smart Clock integrates some interesting features such as the ability to call the international emergency services when on the road, the always on screen and the compass .
The compass is a tool that, like the iPhone, displays information regarding bearing, location, and altitude . However, depending on the strap you’re using with the wearable, this feature may not work properly, resulting in erroneous and inaccurate values.
While this is not a unique error in the Apple Watch Series 5, as any compass that is approached by a magnet will fail, Apple warns of this problem on its website, in a footnote to the wearable section. The Apple straps that can cause interference are Milanese straps, modern buckle straps and leather straps . The ones that would not cause any problem would be the sport ones, the link ones, the Nike ones and the Hermès ones, since they do not contain magnets, as MacRumors says.
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If the compass is a feature you plan to use often on your getaways, make sure the strap you wear with your Apple Watch Series 5 is free of magnets. It’s easy to tell which of Apple’s official ones don’t contain any, but if you buy one from a third-party manufacturer it can be more difficult to tell if you don’t specify it.