Apple Watch users will get their hands on some new features with the release of watchOS 5 this spring. Most of the improvements are aimed at keeping you active and in touch with your apps and contacts.
Auto workout detection and end alerts – now your Apple Watch will know when you start a workout, as well as when you stop, so no more forgetting to start or stop your timer
Activity competitions for comparing activities and goals, and even a few smack-talk responses to send to them when you win
New exercise modes for tracking Yoga and Hiking. Yoga tracks your heart rate, while hiking includes elevation, distance and heart rate
New running mode with new features to keep you challenged such as rolling mile (km), target pace and cadence
Walkie talkie – this is a fun way to keep in touch. You pair up with another person by sending them a request, and then you simply push to record a quick voice grab and send it to your recipient. They can do the same on the other end
Apple Podcasts support has finally arrived on Apple Watch, so you can enjoy your favourites while exercising or on the go without your iPhone
Third-party app notifications are coming to the Siri watch face as well as the new Siri ‘shortcuts’ announced with iOS12
Notifications will become more ‘actionable’ so if you get a Qantas flight notification, for example, you can tap on it to get further information
You also no longer need to say ‘Hey Siri’ – just raise your wrist with the Apple Watch and Siri will consider this as a voice trigger
3rd party apps can now play audio in the background and will be great for guided meditations, audiobook apps and more
A new Pride day rainbow wristband and matching iOS watch face are available today
Webkit comes to watchOS meaning you can open links sent in messages and view a special version of web pages
For more on the WWDC announcements, check out our summary here.
GadgetGuy was Apple Australia’s guest at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.