watchOS 5 Adds Powerful Activity and Communications Features to Apple Watch | Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today previewed watchOS® 5, a significant update to the world’s

most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple

Watch® becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and

quick access to information with a host of new features including

Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running

features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the

Siri® watch face.

“We’re thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on

people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

“Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, enhance their

fitness and, in many cases, detect life-threatening conditions. With the

launch of watchOS 5, we’re excited to introduce new activity and

communications features that'll take the Watch to a whole new level.”

Activity Competitions

Building on the excitement around Activity Sharing, watchOS 5 now

enables users to invite another Apple Watch wearer to compete in a

seven-day Activity competition, earning points for closing Activity

Rings, while receiving coaching notifications to help stay engaged and

win the week.

Auto-Workout Detection

For the most popular workouts on Apple Watch, auto-workout detection

provides an alert to start the correct workout and gives retroactive

credit. This feature also offers a reminder to end workout sessions

after a period of inactivity if the user forgets.

New Workouts

Yoga and Hiking join 12 other dedicated workout types, accurately

tracking active calories burned and exercise minutes earned.

New Running Features

watchOS 5 delivers high-performance 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're behind or ahead of their designated target pace. A

brand new metric — rolling mile pace is introduced as an

additional option for runners to see their pace for the immediately

preceding mile in addition to their average pace or current pace.


watchOS 5 introduces Walkie-Talkie, an entirely new way to communicate

with voice and just a tap of the wrist. A fun and easy way to quickly

get in touch with friends and family, this new watch-to-watch connection

is fast, personal and can be activated between any compatible Apple

Watch users around the world over Wi-Fi or cellular.¹

Apple Podcasts

Users can now listen to their favorite podcasts on the go with Apple

Podcasts on Apple Watch and stream any podcast in the catalog by using

Siri. Episodes will automatically sync to Apple Watch. As they’re

listened to on other devices, the app will automatically refresh with

the latest episode. A new feature for developers allows music,

audiobooks and meditation sessions from apps such as Pandora, Audible

and 10% Happier to be synced to Apple Watch for playback offline without

the user’s iPhone® nearby.

Siri Updates

Using machine learning, the updated Siri watch face on Apple Watch is an

even better personal assistant. It now offers more predictive and

proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on routines, locations and

information such as heart rate after a workout, commute time with Maps

at the appropriate time of day or sports scores for a favorite team.

The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favorite

third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike.

Enhanced Notifications

Notifications from third-party apps can now have interactive controls

and be used without needing to open the app. Example, a Yelp

reservation notification will have the option to modify the time or

change the number of guests right from the notification.

Student ID Cards

With watchOS 5, Apple Watch replaces Student ID cards. With a raise of

the wrist, students can gain access to places including the library,

dorms and events. Pay for snacks, laundry and dinners around campus

simply by adding their ID cards to Wallet on Apple Watch. The program

launches with Duke, the University of Alabama and the University of

Oklahoma this fall. Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and

Temple University will bring the capability by the end of the year.

Pride and Summer Bands

Apple also today released a new watch face to celebrate Pride, which

Apple Watch users can download from the Face Gallery in the Apple Watch

app. The Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is updated with a new rainbow

stripe with a donation being made to the following LGBTQ advocacy

organizations: Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center

for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project. Apple also introduced

new summer band colors in Marine Green, Peach and Sky Blue.

Pricing and Availability

— watchOS 5 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple Watch

Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12. watchOS 5

won't be available on the original Apple Watch. Features are subject

to change. Some features may not be available in all regions.

— WatchKit® for watchOS 5 is available to Apple Developer Program

members at

starting today. For more information, visit

— The Pride watch face is available to add to the watch from the Face

Gallery in the Apple Watch app on iPhone and requires iOS 11.4 and

watchOS 4.3.1.

— The new Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is available today on

and will be available later this week at Apple Stores in the US and over

35 countries and regions, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,

France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, South

Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the UK. The Pride Edition

Woven Nylon band is $49 (US).

— New colors of the Apple Watch Sport Band will be available to order on

starting today in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,

Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong,

Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico,

Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto

Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and the UK. The Sport Band is $49 (US).

¹Walkie-Talkie isn't available in China, UAE and Pakistan.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the

Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software

platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences

across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services

including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more

than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on

earth. To leaving the world better than we found it.

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Nikki Rothberg, 408-974-4427
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