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Apple Watch gets Walkie-Talkie mode

05 June, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Apple Watch gets Walkie-Talkie mode

The Apple Watch didn't immediately catch on with buyers when it launched in 2015, but has become the best-selling wearable device on the market. Now Apple is improving on it's famous circle-closing experience through Challenges. First up is the ability to challenge your friends to 7-day workout competitions. All of it is tied together through an awards incentive system. The new additions, include Yoga and Hiking. 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.

It means you can start your workout and you'll get a notification from your wrist asking if you want to start an activity within the Workouts app. The app is uniquely called Walkie-Talkie.

How about you? If you're still using a first gen. Apple Watch, are the new features arriving with watchOS 5 enough to make you upgrade? The friend pairing process is pretty intuitive and the messages can be transferred via Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Up next, we have the latest series of changes and improvements for Apple Watch in watchOS 5. The new Shortcuts and Suggestions features are coming the the WatchOS Siri as well. Enhanced Notifications Notifications from third-party apps can now have interactive controls and be used without needing to open the app; for example, a Yelp reservation notification will have the option to modify the time or change the number of guests right from the notification.

The Siri watchface gets some new data as well.


Moving on to the watch faces, Lynch says that they will now show new content, including sports scores, maps, and your heart rate. So you can really mare the Siri watchface your own. Pride and Summer Bands Apple also today released a new watch face to celebrate Pride, which Apple Watch users can download from the Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app. Most likely, web resources. Apple will do its best to optimize the content for the small display in the background.

It's also worth noting the rumor of Spotify coming to the Apple Watch didn't come to fruition at WWDC 2018. At least not natively.

One long-requested feature is finally coming in watchOS 5: Podcasts.

Apart from the fitness-centric features, watchOS 5 has the Walkie-Talkie feature that lets users communicate with other Apple Watch wearers simply by tapping of the wrist. Oh, and Apple is going to replace your student ID card in the Apple Watch wallet to access the library, pay for meals, and more.

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