Apple has announced the watchOS 5 at the ongoing WWDC event. As always Tim Cook began with a story of how Apple Watch has been saving lives and helping detect heart diseases beforehand. This time around Apple has baked in a couple of super useful health and fitness features.
The Apple Watch will not set goals for you and will let you challenge your friends for a 7-days fitness challenge. The watch OS 5 will also serve regular notifications that depict your current health and the progress with regards to the goals. Apple has added a slew of workouts including Yoga. The watch will monitor your vitals including pace, elevation and heart rate. Additionally, users will also be able to get pace alerts while jogging alongside steps per minute stats. In a nutshell, the Apple Watch gets a workout detection feature that also detects the end of the workout.
The most interesting feature of all is the “Walkie-Talkie.” With this feature now everyone can play a spy and communicate with each other via short voice-memos. The communication is initiated by sending a request to your friend. This feature works over WiFi or even cellular, nifty indeed. Accessing SIRI on Apple Watch is also simplified. All that you need to do is raise your watch and just talk to it.
Other useful features include a webkit that allows you to access web pages on the watch and also the added support for third-party watch faces. Third party notifications will offer interactive control. Apple Watch now connects to gym equipment via the GymKit feature. The Wallet app on the iPhone and the Apple Watch now gets support for Student ID card. So next time you forget the physical ID card your iPhone or the Apple Watch has you covered.
Translation support is yet another area wherein the watchOS 5 seems to have improved markedly. SIRI will now support 40 language pairs alongside an improved knowledge graph. Apple has also added Prime and Summer Bands both of which can be downloaded from the Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app.