The new watchOS also includes an upgraded Activity Sharing functionality that lets users invite their friends to compete in a seven-day Activity competition and earn points for closing Activity Rings. The somewhat overlooked social networking aspect of the platform is being bolstered with competitions between friends, and you get notifications on your progress every step of the 7-day challenges.
At the end of the workout, you'll be nudged by your wrist to end it too.
There's also a new Hiking activity, and the running activity lets you see your cadence now. Episodes to your subscribed shows are automatically added to your watch. A simple wrist raise does the trick - just start talking. Also, Apple Watch users can also download the dedicated Pride watch face starting today.
Apple Watch first launched with the ability to sync music so that you can play it offline, but here we are years later, and the company is finally launching a Podcasts app.
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Now moving forward, Siri watch faces are seeing some new additions. Sports, Maps and Heart Rate are just a few of the new data sources that can be surfaced live on the Siri watchface. Enhanced Notifications Notifications from third-party apps can now have interactive controls and be used without needing to open the app; for example, a Yelp reservation notification will have the option to modify the time or change the number of guests right from the notification.
watchOS 5 is likely to be the first version to break ties with the original Apple Watch, which debuted in 2015. This watch-to-watch connection works over cellular and Wi-Fi, and enables you to send short voice messages to friends and family with an Apple Watch. Apple is partnering with a handful of universities, including Duke, Johns Hopkins and Temple University, to roll out that integration this fall.
At the WWDC keynote, Apple also revealed a Pride Edition Woven Nylon band that has a rainbow stripe - with a donation being made to the LGBTQ advocacy organisations, including Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project. In the same way, watchOS 5 can detect when you've stopped working out, taking a lot of the hassle out of tracking.