Apple shows off watchOS 5 with Walkie-Talkie, better workouts, and deep notifications

Apple Watch gets Walkie Talkie mode		
		
	Megan Rose Dickey

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Four years later at WWDC 2018, Apple's re-revealed the Walkie-Talkie feature for Watch OS.

The Siri watch face got some new improvements too with sports scores, maps and heart rate data. We first reported on this watch face last week, and Apple today confirmed that it will be available officially today at 12PM PT/3PM ET.

In addition to the new band, Apple has confirmed the availability of a new Pride watch face.

Fitness updates: A new workout type for yoga including heart-rate monitoring and tracking, and another for hiking that helps to measure pace and heart-rate. It'll retroactively remember what you've done before you pressed yes, and then start the workout for you.

WatchOS 5 turbo boosts the fitness tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch. The watch will now start tracking a run automatically if it senses you started running, even when you forgot to hit "start workout" or started it late.

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The new interface also has an option to keep track of your rolling mile pace and your steps per minute cadence, and give you a custom alert pulse on your wrist (using haptic touch) when you fall below or go above the pace you wanted.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage that Apple Watch sales grew 60% in 2017.

Notifications will be more interactive than before, as well - you'll be able to pay for rides directly within the Watch version of an app, respond back to Yelp reservations, and view web content within Mail and Messages via WebKit on watchOS. In recent months, many noteworthy developers have pulled their Apple Watch apps from its store. Voice detection for Siri will now kick in as soon as you lift your wrist, with no need to say the "Hey Siri" hotword. Third-party apps will be able to play background audio, you'll be able to customize the control center, you can add an air quality rating to your watch face, or add your student ID card to the watch.

It's also worth noting the rumor of Spotify coming to the Apple Watch didn't come to fruition at WWDC 2018.

This is a feature you can expect to come to a variety of other third party apps, but it may take a while as it'll take some extra work from the developers.

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