Apple just made Apple Watch a lot smarter for runners

The list of workout types. Want to challenge your friends as motivation to keep working out?

Pick a contact for Walkie-Talkie mode.

But there's also a bad news for a certain bunch of Apple Watch users.

Apple is announcing watchOS 5, a major update to its smartwatch platform.

The new Apple Watch features were revealed at WWDC 2018 in San Francisco today.

For Activity Sharing competitions, users will be able to invite another Apple Watch wearer to compete in a seven-day activity competition with watchOS 5. The victor will get an award to add to their collection, kind of like real life achievement system.

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

Apple has additionally added a new metric in watchOS 5, called rolling last mile, to show pace for the immediately preceding mile in addition to the average pace or the current pace of the runners. Similarly, the new feature also gives reminders to end workout sessions after a period of inactivity. The update includes several exciting new features, like a smarter version of Siri, interactive notifications, and a new Walkie-Talkie style of communicating. With a raise of the wrist, students can now gain access to places including the library, dorms and events, and pay for food and more around campus by adding simply their ID cards to Wallet on Apple Watch. The new colors are available in sport Apple Watch bands, as well as silicone cases for the iPhone 7/iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus/iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Webkit content can be displayed in notifications now, and just like on iOS 12, notifications are grouped by app. The new Shortcuts and Suggestions features are coming the the WatchOS Siri as well. The app allows Watch users to talk to one another instantly and without any prior warning, much like they would with a real walkie-talkie.

watchOS 5 comes with a ton of smaller, yet useful features.

Apple has added support for a number of third-party music applications, too, and said the newest version of watchOS will get the Apple Podcasts app.


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