Use Your Apple Watch as a Walkie Talkie, Coming Later This Year

Apple WWDC 2018

Wearables

Apple is set to release a new version of WatchOS with, unsurprisingly, new fitness features. Apple's podcast app will sync with the smartwatch and all your devices.

Without giving specific numbers, he said the Apple Watch saw 60 percent growth past year. It will start logging workouts automatically in the event that the user forgets to start it, and can also intelligently recognise when workouts end.

A new Workout type for Yoga has been added, as well as Hiking with elevation tracking. New Running Features watchOS 5 delivers high-performance features for running enthusiasts, including a new cadence (steps per minute) metric for indoor and outdoor runs and walks, as well as a new pace alarm for outdoor runs that alerts users when they are behind or ahead of their designated target pace. A simple wrist raise does the trick - just start talking. The feature works over Wi-Fi and cellular. The Podcasts app is being added to the Watch, as well, and third-party apps will be able to play background audio.

Sales of the Apple Watch have continued to improve over the past two years, with the Series 3 model doubling sales of the Series 2, and enabling Apple to dominate the wearables category globally. The Siri watch face will show you predictive shortcuts, such as a workout and a playlist that you usually do at a specific time of day.

It's no surprise the original Apple Watch won't support watchOS 5, as the device performance would probably be like molasses.

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To use the app, you'll need to hold down the "Talk" button and speak into the Watch's microphone - your voice will instantly be transmitted to your conversation partner. Apple is partnering with a handful of universities, including Duke, Johns Hopkins and Temple University, to roll out that integration this fall.

Siri Shortcuts, a new tool that lets people create and use their own Siri commands, will also come to the Siri watch face.

At the WWDC keynote, Apple also revealed a Pride Edition Woven Nylon band that has a rainbow stripe - with a donation being made to the LGBTQ advocacy organisations, including Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.

To keep wearers more connected, watchOS 5 adds a walkie-talkie mode.

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