Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Apple's smart devices are about to get even smarter

Apple's smart devices are about to get even smarter

But Apple says the update will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 or later.

While Apple has official unveiled watchOS 5, it's only available via developer beta. Apple also revealed a new Pride Watch face which users can activate for free, and a Pride Edition Woven Nylon band which can be bought for $49. Episodes will automatically sync to Apple Watch, and as they're listened to on other devices, the app will automatically refresh with the latest episode. Also, third-party apps, like Nike+ Run Club and Citymapper, will be accessible directly through the Siri watch face for the first time. These types of challenges are incredibly popular with Fitbit users, and now you'll be able to challenge Apple Watch-wearing friends to 7-day activity competitions.

Two new workouts, yoga and hiking, can be tracked on the watch when the software update rolls out later this year.

The Siri watch face on your Apple Watch was introduced with watchOS 4, and the convenience of having Siri on your wrist will be increasing when watchOS 5 releases this fall, thanks in large part to machine learning.

Among a flurry of new fitness-focused features, including the Apple Watch now being able to automatically detect when a workout is in progress, Apple also announced a new "Walkie-Talkie" voice message feature for the smartwatch.

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Another huge change coming in watchOS 5 is automatic workout tracking.

watchOS 5 packs a lot of cool features, and you can learn all about them here.

Apple's watchOS 5 introduces Walkie-Talkie, an new way to communicate with voice and just a tap of the wrist. There's also Student ID Card integration, letting students of supporting universities make their Apple Watch a virtual student ID card. It is envisioned as a flexible system for using the Apple Watch in place of a student ID card for many activities and access throughout a campus.

The Siri watch face, first introduced a year ago, brings a handful of the voice assistant's features right up front on your Apple Watch, providing your calendar, reminders and commute times. The watch face is simple, showcasing the pride rainbow with the time.

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