I'm talking, of course, about the new "Walkie-Talkie" feature for the Apple Watch, which Apple showed off Monday at its World Wide Developer Conference. Sports, Maps and Heart Rate are just a few of the new data sources that can be surfaced live on the Siri watchface. With watchOS 5, Apple has also introduced support for yoga and hiking.
Apple has unveiled a host of new features coming to the Apple Watch at WWDC 2018.
WatchOS 5 will be released in the fall, and it'll be available for the Apple Watch Series 1 and newer models. You can challenge someone for 7 days and watch their progress to see who's winning. There's a lot to be excited about - robust fitness and health tracking, podcasts, and more. The update includes several exciting new features, like a smarter version of Siri, interactive notifications, and a new Walkie-Talkie style of communicating. This helps if a user forgets to hit the End Workout button.
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. That's a hurdle that kept the watch from being useful for listening to audio, and Apple just made it possible. After accepting the request, you'll be able to send a quick voice message.More news: Iran nuclear deal: Tehran to give notice of uranium work
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The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favourite third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike. 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. Episodes will sync to Apple Watch as well. Now Apple is improving on it's famous circle-closing experience through Challenges.
Another huge change coming in watchOS 5 is automatic workout tracking.
Students will be able to tap into the library and residence hall and use Diamond Dollars and use meal swipes through their Apple Watches and iPhones, according to a press release from Apple.
Another standout feature is listed for students, replacing student ID cards.