Apple Watch
The Apple Watch Series 5 is expected to have an array of new functions. Pictured: General view of the Apple Watch during the Apple Covent Garden re-opening and iPhone XR launch at Apple store, Covent Garden on October 26, 2018 in London, England. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Apple fans are already anticipating the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 5 as early as now and are speculating on the new features that could come with it.

People expect that the Apple Watch’s ECG feature will now be offered outside of the U.S. and that it is possible that a sleep tracking feature will also be available. As the Apple Watch Series 5 seems to be geared toward health-centered functions, are we finally getting a full waterproof smartwatch to protect its more complex functions? Maybe not this time.

In context, the Apple Watch Series 2, 3 and 4 are water-resistant and all have the water lock feature. This function prevents phones from “communicating” with the watch so there’s no danger of misreading commands since it puts the smartwatch on standby mode. This allows the Apple Watch to be used in light water activities that could get the device wet. Users can even wear it while swimming because the watch is protected up to 5ATM or 50 meters of depth.

There are also no further speculations of the next series being waterproof. Apple analyst Ming Ching Kuo, who released the first wave of Series 5 information, highlighted the ECG functions of the watch. He also mentioned that the next Apple smartwatch could revive the ceramic casing which would make the device lighter and more scratch resistant.

A notable speculation though is that the new smartwatch will be fitted with a more powerful processor. This feature could make the Apple Watch even more formidable in the smartwatch market as it might be able to support other functions such as more uses for near field communication, more purchasing power and maybe support longer battery life. These are features that the Apple smartwatch fans have been clamoring for quite some time.

Having a waterproof feature on the Apple Watch Series 5, however, could take the device literally deeper to complement the user’s lifestyle. If the function materializes then users can use it for activities such as scuba diving. This would make the smartwatch the perfect tool for underwater research and help in monitoring the wearer’s vitals while in extreme environments.