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WatchOS 5 Adds More Workouts, Social Challenges, Walkie-Talkie

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Jun 4, 2018, 1:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 4, 2018, 2:31 PM

Apple today provided a preview of watchOS 5 and it bolsters Apple's wearable with a wide range of new features. To start, the wearable now brings new social powers, allowing people to challenge one another to various workouts or simply closing rings. WatchOS 5 brings third-party access to Siri, which will let Siri on the Apple Watch surface content or suggestions for apps other than those made by Apple. The platform gains support for WebKit. WebKit views will make some content easier to view on the Watch. WatchOS 5 also gains a walkie-talkie function for quick conversations with other Apple Watch owners. It works over cellular and wifi. WatchOS 5 introduces support for podcasts. Other features include student ID cards, notification tuning, UV index in weather, new emoji picker, auto workout sensing, background audio mode, support for stocks, and customized world clocks. WatchOS 5 is expected to arrive later this fall.

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