• The new Apple Watch Series 5 will start at R7,999 in South Africa, and be available from September 27.   
  • The new Apple Watch features an always-on display, compass app, and international emergency calling. 
  • Pre-orders in SA start today. 
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Preorders for the Apple Watch Series 5, announced by Apple on September 10, will open in South Africa on Friday, iStore South Africa said. 

The retailer said deliveries will start in South Africa from September 27.  

The new Apple Watch Series 5 with an always-on display will cost R7,999 for the 40mm version, and R8,999 for the 44mm version. 

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The 40mm pricing is exactly the same as the Apple Watch Series 4 a year ago, while the 44mm version costs R399 more. 

The price of the Series 3 has been dropped to R3,999, while the series 4 will no longer be available locally. 

Preorders are available through iStore’s website and on TakeAlot.com.

iStore said customers can exchange their current Apple Watch at the retailer for credit towards the new model.  

Also read: Apple just announced a new Apple Watch with an always-on display for the first time ever

Apple said it managed to keep the watch's 18-hour battery life even with the new always-on display through a power-efficient "LTPO" display that can vary its refresh rate from 1Hz to 60Hz. 

The new Apple Watch Series 5 also has better sensors and power management, a compass app, and international emergency calling.