Magnets in Apple Watch bands ‘may cause interference’ with the compass in Apple Watch Series 5

When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5, it did so with a brand new feature: a built-in compass. But it turns out that may impact which bands you use with your new smartwatch.

Apple’s website for the bands that will fit the Apple Watch Series 5 has some fine print that’s certainly worth taking note of (via MacRumors). It turns out that the compass in the Apple Watch Series 5 is similar to a regular old compass, which means that a magnet can interfere with the feature.

The website indicates that magnets in an Apple Watch band “may interfere” with the compass feature in the Apple Watch Series 5. That means if you’re considering the Milanese Loop, Leather Loop, or the Modern Buckle, be aware that it may interfere with the compass feature on your new smartwatch.

As mentioned above, this is not an Apple Watch-exclusive problem. Magnets can interfere with a compass. So while it’s not great that if you pick up one of the pricier options for an Apple Watch band it could interfere with the new app on your smartwatch, it’s just a reality you’ll have to live with if you go down that route.

The Link Bracelets, Hermés bands, Nike bands, Sport loops, and Sport Bands don’t have any metal in them.

Are you planning on getting an Apple Watch Series 5?