WatchOS 5 Revealed: The New Features You Need to Know

Apple introduces watchOS 5		
		
	Romain Dillet

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The app will send you coaching notifications for advice and reminders to get ahead of your competition during the week long period. This includes anyone who shelled out $10,000-$17,000 for an Apple Watch Edition. Pride and Summer Bands Apple also today released a new watch face to celebrate Pride, which Apple Watch users can download from the Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app.

watchOS 5 doesn't add sleep-tracking or any other advanced analysis, but it does catch Apple Watch up to Fitbits in a few key ways. There is also a bunch of new content, including live sports scores, commute time from one place to another, and heart rate after a workout. Activity Competitions Building on the excitement around Activity Sharing, watchOS 5 now enables users to invite another Apple Watch wearer to compete in a seven-day Activity competition, earning points for closing Activity Rings, while receiving coaching notifications to help stay engaged and win the week. The victor will get an award to add to their collection, kind of like real life achievement system. Outdoor running can now track your rolling mile pace, and will alert you if you're falling behind your desired pace. There is also an auto-work detection feature that as its name suggests, auto-detects the start and end of a workout using the built-in sensors of the Apple Watch and using machine learning algorithms.

At the end of the workout, you'll be nudged by your wrist to end it too.

For communication, there's a new "Walkie Talkie" mode, which basically like the old-school push-to-talk functionality from old cell phones, but on a watch.

Sales of the Apple Watch have continued to improve over the past two years, with the Series 3 model doubling sales of the Series 2, and enabling Apple to dominate the wearables category globally. Plus on top of that, you'll also now just be able to raise the watch and speak directly to Siri. And the Siri watch face will display notifications from third-party apps, not just the watch's built-in apps.

We've had over half a year to get to grips with watchOS 4 and now we're hungry for more, so it's great to hear officially from Apple that it's set to launch watchOS 5 soon. The new Shortcuts and Suggestions features are coming the the WatchOS Siri as well.

Finally, runners will be excited by some other new features coming in watchOS 5. The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favorite third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike.

Below we've put all of the details we know so far about the update, but it's all now being announced at WWDC 2018 so expect some of the details to change as it goes on.

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