WatchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks

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A fun little feature aptly titled Walkie-Talkie will further help Apple Watches stand out as social connecting devices, supporting both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity to allow nearly futuristic wrist communication.

When it comes to the Apple Watch and watchOS 5, this year's release is notable for one particular reason; it's the first watchOS update to see the original Apple Watch removed from support.

The company typically introduces a Pride Apple Watch band every year, and this year the company has gone ahead and redesigned the band with slimmer rainbow stripes. While iOS 12 does not drop support for any of the older iPhones, the same is not the case with watchOS 5. The platform will hit eligible Apple Watch models starting this Fall, and requires an iPhone 5s or later device running iOS 12.

The first time you use it, you send a request to your friend, who can then accept or decline it. Episodes will be automatically synced, and as they're listened to on other devices, the app will automatically refresh with the latest episode.

Compatible over Wi-fi or cellular, a new Walkie-Talkie feature will allow watch wearers to quickly and easily connect. This will track and share the amount of activity done during the challenge among all participants; and will also allow them to taunt each other to promote more competition.

Apple is making some improvements to its Siri watch face. The new features announced on Monday are created to reignite interest in the category from users and developers.

watchOS 5 also brings the Apple Podcasts app to the wrist. The Siri face has also received the ability to show actionable content from third-party apps, such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby, and Mobike.

Users will also be able to answer FaceTime calls as audio, add cities to weather, access a new emoji picker, access air quality and wind direction/speed in the weather app, add stocks, customise the control centre and much more.

Students will be able to tap into the library and residence hall and use Diamond Dollars and use meal swipes through their Apple Watches and iPhones, according to a press release from Apple.

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