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Apple announces watchOS 5, allowing you to compete with friends

05 June 2018

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

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.

Podcasts is coming to Apple Watch too. Users can leverage the audio playback support to play audiobooks, favourite playlists and guided meditations on their Apple Watch while on the go. Additionally, the Siri watch face will also show actionable content and enhanced notifications from favorite third-party apps like Nike+ Run Club and more.

When you talk to one of your friends via Walkie Talkie, they'll hear a brief beep and feel a slight haptic buzz before they hear your voice.

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There are a wide variety of workout challenges to choose from, including Yoga and Hiking, which are both new to the platform. Apple first started talking about a walkie-talkie feature back in 2014, before the Apple Watch launched the following year. Apple will likely release the final version of WatchOS 5 when it announces its newest hardware later this year.

WatchOS 5 will be released in the fall, and it'll be available for the Apple Watch Series 1 and newer models.

watchOS 5 primarily aims to consolidate, expand and enrich the health and fitness capabilities of the Apple Watch while also making a point of bringing users closer together. Still, it is worth noting that Apple is not offering a full-featured browser experience. In the same way, watchOS 5 can detect when you've stopped working out, taking a lot of the hassle out of tracking. There's also Student ID Card integration, letting students of supporting universities make their Apple Watch a virtual student ID card.

But that's not all, because you'll be able to add student ID cards to your Apple Watch, and you'll be able to use it anywhere you can use your card. The Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is updated with a new rainbow stripe with a donation being made to the following LGBTQ advocacy organizations: Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.

Apple announces watchOS 5, allowing you to compete with friends