Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Apple watchOS 5: all the new features

Apple watchOS 5: all the new features

Notifications will also be more interactive - for example a notification about a Yelp restaurant reservation allows you to change the timing or number of guests straight from the watch.

As usual, there are lots of new features that have to do with fitness tracking, and one of those features is Competitions.

Another big change is that watchOS 5 supports WebKit. It is envisioned as a flexible system for using the Apple Watch in place of a student ID card for many activities and access throughout a campus.

Adding contacts to Walkie-Talkie requires users to send a one-time request to another Watch owner, after which they can trade short voice recordings instantly over either Wi-Fi or cellular connections. The developer beta of watchOS 5 is now available for developers via the Apple site. Other features include automatic workout detection - start working out and the Apple Watch will push out an alert saying, "It looks like you're working out". Then whoever wins at the end of the seven day period will get given a special medal within the Activity app. It can also give you a heads up if you forget to stop the activity tracking. There are also new workout types like yoga and hiking. A few other run-tracking tools are included in watchOS 5, including cadence data and rolling mile pace, so you can easily view the pace of your last mile while you're running. It will not be available on the original Apple Watch, sadly, and Apple warns that not all of the new features will bee available in all regions, presumable referring to the new digital payment options.

watchOS 5 packs in a new way to chat with friends.

Walkie-Talkie is being added to let you send quick voice memos from person to person.

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Podcasts are coming to WatchOS as well.

Apple today introduced watchOS5 with new updates including updated algorithms for health and fitness, a walkie-talkie feature, 3rd party app support, and a better way to talk to Siri.

Apple Watch celebrates Pride month. It means you can keep listening to a podcast with that new Podcasts app while messing around in Apple Pay or reading some messages on your wrist. Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University will bring the capability by the end of the year. That means you won't need to say "Hey Siri" to activate it.

The Siri watchface will now incorporate additional types of information, including sports scores, Siri Shortcuts, and third-party apps - including relevant content and shortcuts.

The Apple Watch is all about making simple actions easily accessible with a single tap or putting notifications at a glance.

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