Apple watchOS 5 Adds Walkie-Talkie Feature, Activity Sharing, & More


New features for the Siri watch face. It'll also stop those awkward Siri requests that seem to raise your phone, watch, iPad and HomePod in one single, horrific instant. Student ID Cards With watchOS 5, Apple Watch replaces Student ID cards.

Apple has unveiled watchOS 5 and the new features it will offer, not the least of which are new fitness features. There are now Competitions that let you challenge friends to up to seven-day rivalries within the Activity app. If you forget to start workout detection at the beginning of your workout, watchOS' new automatic workout detection can retroactively credit you with workout time.

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Walkie talkie: this new feature brings press-to-talk communication to watch owners. The watch will now end the workout for you based on the same heart rate and movement data. Additionally, Student ID cards can be synchronized to the Apple Watch, starting in the fall at a handful of universities. There's also a new cadence metric (steps per minute), and a new pace alarm that alert users if they are behind their chosen pace.

The new Apple Watch features were revealed at WWDC 2018 in San Francisco today. If they accept it, you can then walkie-talkie them at any time.

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This marks the first time that any of the Apple Watches have been removed from support and with the original Apple Watch set to effectively become obsolete as of this year's update, likely to arrive in September, it may soon be time to say goodbye to an old friend. Likewise, there are enhanced notifications from third-party apps.

A fun way to quickly get in touch with friends and family, this new watch-to-watch connection can be activated between any compatible Apple Watch users around the world over Wi-Fi or cellular. The wearable had already reached the point of being unusable with watchOS 4 so it is not surprising that Apple chose to drop support for it with the latest release of the OS.

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Podcasts are coming to WatchOS as well. Apple announced an improved WorkOut API for greater performance of native apps and the ability for third-party apps to play background audio. Siri Shortcuts are also going to be available on watchOS. If the app supports it, the content can be synced offline to be heard on the go.