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WatchOS 5 Introduces Improved Workouts, Walkie-Talkie, Podcasts, and More

WatchOS 5 Introduces Improved Workouts, Walkie-Talkie, Podcasts, and More

Especially with podcasts also supported by watchOS 5. Additionally, the Siri watch face introduced a year ago is gaining live sports scores, commute time, and heart-rate tracking.

Podcasts is coming to Apple Watch too. Apple is also removing "Hey Siri" for its command for the Apple Watch, letting users just speak commands to the digital assistant. It will support Shortcuts that were announced for iOS 12, and you'll also be able to finally include third-party apps to the face.

If you're a first-generation Apple Watch owner hoping to get your hands on watchOS 5, the latest version of Apple's wearable operating system, then you're about to be disappointed.

There are a wide variety of workout challenges to choose from, including Yoga and Hiking, which are both new to the platform.

Will this push you to upgrade to a new Apple Watch?

Apple will release watchOS 5 as a free update for Apple Watch Series 1 and later, dropping the support for the original Apple Watch.

The new interface also has an option to keep track of your rolling mile pace and your steps per minute cadence, and give you a custom alert pulse on your wrist (using haptic touch) when you fall below or go above the pace you wanted.

Apple jumped into the smartwatch market in early 2015 with the release of the Apple Watch. It only works at a few campuses but you'll be able to pay for meals, unlock rooms and more. Closing the Move, Exercise and Stand rings has already been a motivator for Apple Watch users to stay active, and watchOS 5 makes that a more social experience.

The University of Alabama was selected along with Duke, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Oklahoma and Santa Clara University.

Another new feature, Zero Sign On, lets users automatically log in to Apple TV apps if they're on the wireless network provided by their cable provider. The Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is updated with a new rainbow stripe with a donation being made to the following LGBTQ advocacy organizations: Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.


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