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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 developer.apple.com
starting today. For more information, visit apple.com/watchos-preview.
— 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
— The new Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is available today on apple.com
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 apple.com
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.
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