Apple Unveils watchOS 5 With Walkie-Talkie, Activity Competitions, Podcasts, More

Kelley Robertson
June 5, 2018

Automatic Siri detection is another feature new to watchOS 5.0, and means you no longer to bark "Hey, Siri" at your wrist, and can just raise your arm to activate the virtual helper instead. In fact, those first watches was the exact time when Apple was testing the grounds with super premium gold watches that cost up to $17,000!

Apple is also adding new workout types for yoga and hiking, along with cadence tracking and rolling mile pace for runners. WatchOS 5 has many more new features added behind the scenes and same interesting ones coming soon, as well. When first activated, Walkie-Talkie will suggest friends you can send an invite to connect with. 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.

Apple also announced new Pride band and watch face.

With watchOS 5, Apple Watch owners will be able to challenge activity-sharing friends to a seven-day competition, where users compete to close rings. A friend will receive a one-time connection request and after they've accepted, the pair will be able to contact each other at any time.


We're just a few minutes into WWDC 2018, and Apple has already covered the biggest announcement of all: iOS 12. Episodes will sync to Apple Watch as well.

The new watchOS also has an updated Siri watch face that brings new predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on routines, locations, and information available, including heart rate after a workout, communicate time at the appropriate time of the day, or sports scores for a particular team.

As well as the addition of Podcasts, Apple is enabling third-party apps to play audio in the background, uninterrupted by your other Apple Watch endeavours. Student ID Cards With watchOS 5, Apple Watch replaces Student ID cards.

Notifications from third-party apps can now have interactive controls and be used without needing to open the app. Temple, Johns Hopkins University and Santa Clara University will have this capability by the end of the year.

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