Apple Adds More Fitness Features, Walkie-Talkie App to Its Watch

Apple Adds More Fitness Features, Walkie-Talkie App to Its Watch

Apple is ready to open up its near-field communication chips in its iPhones and smart watches to allow more than just Apple Pay transactions, according to a recent report. Additionally, the Siri watch face introduced past year is gaining live sports scores, commute time, and heart-rate tracking. The move has, of course, been on the cards, though, with the more recent Apple Watches all carrying more beefy internals which is clearly something watchOS 5 requires in order to make its new features possible.

One long-requested feature is finally coming in watchOS 5: Podcasts.

Apple also has said it will be rolling out tools to help users monitor and curb their smartphone usage. And the Siri watch face will display notifications from third-party apps, not just the watch's built-in apps. Apple Watch will let you do that with watchOS 5, the company revealed during its WWDC 2018 keynote today, via an upcoming 7-day competition challenge feature.

Workouts now support yoga and hiking, both measure heart rate to gauge performance.

watchOS 5 is also getting a Podcasts app.

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Most excitingly many expect to see support for sleep monitoring, after Apple acquired sleep startup Beddit in May a year ago . The event will kick start at 10 am PT, which means that the WWDC 2018 will start in India at 10:30 pm IST.

In addition, watchOS 5 has a bumper selection of 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.

watchOS 5 integrates webKit with Apple Watch, letting you view web content from your wrist.

The University of Alabama was selected along with Duke, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Oklahoma and Santa Clara University.

The Siri watch face on your Apple Watch was introduced with watchOS 4, and the convenience of having Siri on your wrist will be increasing when watchOS 5 releases this fall, thanks in large part to machine learning.

The Pride watch band and face. The new platform brings a list of anticipated features, including third-party app support on the Siri watch face and the ability to offer Watch to Watch communication through an all-new feature called Walkie-Talkie. Some features may not be available in all regions.

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