Apple announces watchOS 5, allowing you to compete with friends

Apple announces watchOS 5, allowing you to compete with friends

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.

Apple announced a brand new strap for Apple Watch today-the Pride Edition Woven Nylon, which is now available for purchase in Canada for $69 CAD. If a user press start after actually beginning a workout, the new feature provides with retroactive credits for that same workout.

watchOS 5 is likely to be the first version to break ties with the original Apple Watch, which debuted in 2015.

Apple introduced Activity Sharing in watchOS 4 and that moves on a step in watchOS 5.

There'll be live leaderboards where you can see where you stand, with awards for the winners at the end. There are also new notifications and an app for listening to podcasts.

Apple had over 12 dedicated workout types and Apple Watch was able to track calorie burned and exercise minutes accurately.

Running has been dramatically improved too.

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Walkie-Talkie mode on the Apple Watch, coming later this year, will let you send short voice messages directly from your Watch to another Watch user. Watch-to-watch connection works over wifi in real-time.

The update brings interactive notifications, improvements to Siri, and the ability to use an Apple Watch in place of a student ID card.

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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.

If you have a first generation Apple Watch (AKA Series 0) you will not be able to install watchOS 5. A much requested feature, automatic workout detection, is also coming, Lynch said. You'll be able to check into flights, extend your parking meter, push back table reservations if you're running late and even pay for rides using Apple May. WatchOS 5 can handle many of those natively, thanks to Web Kit integration.

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Additionally, Student ID cards can be synchronized to the Apple Watch, starting in the fall at a handful of universities. Siri Shortcuts opens up data channels to third-party apps as well.

Will this update convince you to grab an Apple Watch? In recent months, many noteworthy developers have pulled their Apple Watch apps from its store.

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