Apple reveals watchOS 5, complete with new Walkie-Talkie app

Apple reveals watchOS 5, complete with new Walkie-Talkie app

Apple reveals watchOS 5, complete with new Walkie-Talkie app

The list of workout types.

Upon opening the app for the first time, users will be able to choose which friends they want to be able to communicate with.

Pick a contact for Walkie-Talkie mode.

Apple only mentioned this briefly, but it should come as good news to users in India - watchOS 5 will bring Hindi Localisation support, bringing system-wide support for the language.

Key additions include Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face. The victor will get an award to add to their collection, kind of like real life achievement system.

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There's also a new Hiking activity, and the running activity lets you see your cadence now. It can also give you a heads up if you forget to stop the activity tracking. If a user press start after actually beginning a workout, the new feature provides with retroactive credits for that same workout.

Using machine learning, the updated Siri watch face on Apple Watch now offers more predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on routines, locations and information such as heart rate after a workout, commute time with Maps at the appropriate time of day or sports scores for a favourite team. WatchOS 5 will drop the need for you to vocally summon Siri, instead, as soon as your raise your device up, it'll start listening to your requests, questions and messaging apps. Webkit content can be displayed in notifications now, and just like on iOS 12, notifications are grouped by app.

The first beta of watchOS 5 will likely become available to registered developers later today, without a public beta program. Apple is also removing "Hey Siri" for its command for the Apple Watch, letting users just speak commands to the digital assistant. Its most recent version, the Apple Watch 3 with a 4G LTE modem, hit the market late a year ago.

There's a ton of other features, too. The Podcasts app is being added to the Watch, as well, and third-party apps will be able to play background audio.

"It's a fun, easy way to talk with friends and family", Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch said at WWDC.

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