Apple watchOS 5 release date, news and features

Apple watchOS 5 release date, news and features

Will this push you to upgrade to a new Apple Watch? While you can already download and play music to the Watch, Apple will sync episodes from podcasts you're subscribed to to your watch, and the behind-the-scenes tech will let you listen to audio even while using other apps. But the wearable's app saga hasn't been quite the same success story as the iPhone's was. This all adds up to a Watch that's more of a standalone device.

As usual, there are lots of new features that have to do with fitness tracking, and one of those features is Competitions.

WatchOS 5 will also bring an updated Siri watch face, which supports live sports, commute time notifications, and a heart rate monitor. Everyone in the challenge will be able to see their ranking as the week progresses, and trophies will be awarded when the challenge is complete. Automatic workout tracking is being added, enabling you to receive retroactive credit for tracked activity you forgot to start officially tracking - plus end alerts to let you automatically stop tracking. There are several apps which have been updated.

Podcasts is coming to Apple Watch too. Also, third-party apps, like Nike+ Run Club and Citymapper, will be accessible directly through the Siri watch face for the first time.

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Staying active and connected were the key words during the presentation, and from the looks of Apple's watchOS 5 software update, it has created a system that has expanded and massively improved the way users stay fit, communicate and access their information.

The first beta of watchOS 5 will likely become available to registered developers later today, without a public beta program. Works over Wi-Fi or cellular connections, and you can send quick realtime audio from watch to watch. Now, you also do not have to say "Hey, Siri" to trigger it. A number of prominent iOS app makers abruptly discontinued their earlier Apple Watch apps earlier this year without explanation, including Twitter, Lyft, Instagram, Google, Amazon, eBay, and Target, potentially in preparation for major updates. Simply raise your wrist and start talking and you're good to go.

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

watchOS 5 integrates webKit with Apple Watch, letting you view web content from your wrist. Some features may not be available in all regions.

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