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Apple Releases WatchOS 5 with Smarter Siri and Improved Notifications

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Sep 17, 2018, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Apple today made watchOS 5 available to the Apple Watch with a wide range of new features. The wearable platform includes new social powers, allowing people to challenge one another to various workouts or closing rings. WatchOS 5 brings third-party access to Siri, which let's 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 adds 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 free to download from Apple.

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