Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

WatchOS 5: Walkie Talkie and the best new Apple Watch features

WatchOS 5: Walkie Talkie and the best new Apple Watch features

WatchOS 5 will arrive this fall as a free update.

The company typically introduces a Pride Apple Watch band every year, and this year the company has gone ahead and redesigned the band with slimmer rainbow stripes.

Apple's first Apple Watch will not be compatible with watchOS 5. WatchOS 5 will detect that you're trying to activate Siri when you raise your wrist and start listening for your query.

And macOS Mojave will only support Apple Macs made from 2012.

One of these features will come in the form of a new app, dubbed "Walkie Talkie".

It'll be a kick in the teeth for early adopters of the Watch, however.

To keep wearers more connected, watchOS 5 adds a walkie-talkie mode.

Continue reading to learn about the most exciting new features coming with Apple's latest software upgrade.

While on a run, a new cadence metric will be shown while indoors and outdoors.

A new Walkie-Talkie app is also being introduced; and turns the Apple Watch into a walkie-talkie (what else?).

The Siri watch face got some new improvements too with sports scores, maps and heart rate data. That means that if you are still rocking that OG Apple Watch, as we know many of you are, then this would be the year to look at potentially making the jump to something a little newer. Apple Podcasts Users can now listen to their favorite podcasts on the go with Apple Podcasts on Apple Watch and stream any podcast in the catalog by using Siri. 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. Third-party apps finally supported on the watch face.

Notifications from third-party apps can now have interactive controls and be used without needing to open the app.

But that's not all, because you'll be able to add student ID cards to your Apple Watch, and you'll be able to use it anywhere you can use your card. The program launches with Duke, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma this fall.

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