Apple Watch 5

Apple Watch 5

Review date: 10/23/2019

Ever notice the Apple Watch only becomes a watch if you jiggle your wrist or tap its face? Some watch, huh? The 2019 upgrade to the new Apple Watch 5 fixes all that. With what Apple calls an "Always-On Retina display", now your $400 (and up) watch is actually a full-time watch and more. Last year Apple added heart monitoring to the Apple Watch. This year they've added a noise app that lets you know when the decibels in your vicinity are a bit loud. And a new cycle tracking app lets users track their menstrual cycles. It also tracks your steps, plays your music, makes your calls, and hassles you when you've been sitting too long and need to get off your bum and move around. Thanks Siri!

What could happen if something goes wrong

Apple meets our minimum security standards and does a pretty good job with privacy and security as a company. However, this device does track a whole bunch of biometric data including your heart rate, menstrual cycle, hearing, breathing, and your heart's electrical signals. Better hope your insurance company never gets access to all that info cause that could get weird (and costly).

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

How can you control your data?

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t determine

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Do you have to create a strong password?

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Can’t Determine

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Can’t Determine

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Company contact info

Phone Number

(800) 275–2273

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