Use Your Apple Watch as a Walkie Talkie, Coming Later This Year

Use Your Apple Watch as a Walkie Talkie, Coming Later This Year

As usual, there are lots of new features that have to do with fitness tracking, and one of those features is Competitions. The previous iteration of Apple's smartphone operating system wasn't received warmly by customers, and the company will be looking to improve on it.

The company could always choose to include support with later beta versions ahead of the watchOS consumer roll out this autumn, but it looks an terrible lot like Apple is drawing a line under the original's run.

The Apple Watch is all about making simple actions easily accessible with a single tap or putting notifications at a glance. Furthermore, watchOS 5 brings the awaited customise button arrangements in the Control Center. The same applies to ending exercise-tracking. The watch will now end the workout for you based on the same heart rate and movement data.

But the most valuable additions are for runners. Rolling Mile Pace is being added for outdoor runs, plus a custom pace alert, and Cadence.

A new Workout type for Yoga has been added, as well as Hiking with elevation tracking.

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Instead of saying "Hey, Siri" every time you want to ask the virtual assistant a question, you'll soon be able to merely raise your watch to your face and speak your request.

watchOS 5 packs in a new way to chat with friends. The feature uses Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity to enable voice communication with any Apple Watch user available around the globe. Episodes will sync to Apple Watch as well. The Podcasts app is being added to the Watch, as well, and third-party apps will be able to play background audio. This will let students user their Apple Watch to enter areas normally limited in access to those with student ID cards.

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

watchOS 5 integrates webKit with Apple Watch, letting you view web content from your wrist.

Apple also revealed a new feature called Walkie-Talkie which allows users to send short voice memos to friends. The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favorite third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike.

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