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WatchOS 5 to Drop Support for Original Apple Watch

WatchOS 5 to Drop Support for Original Apple Watch

WWDC is happening right now, as we'll be updating this post live as more details are announced. Especially with podcasts also supported by watchOS 5.

What will it cost? . For Pride Month, Apple is launching a rainbow colored watch face and watch band. Episodes will sync to Apple Watch as well. You won't be able to download watchOS 5 when it comes out later this year.

While watchOS 5 includes a bevvy of updates, one model will skip this update: the original Apple Watch. Siri Shortcuts are also going to be available on watchOS.

Apple unveiled their newest upgrades and additions coming to the Apple Watch during its WWDC 2018 Keynote presentation in San Jose, California today. There are now Competitions that let you challenge friends to up to seven-day rivalries within the Activity app. You will adhere to a number of actions that you can perform on the notifications. The watch will now start tracking a run automatically if it senses you started running, even when you forgot to hit "start workout" or started it late. It'll retroactively remember what you've done before you pressed yes, and then start the workout for you. The watch will now end the workout for you based on the same heart rate and movement data. This is a major plus, allowing users to make the most of the best heart rate monitor.

What workouts are getting this feature is now unclear, but we know it's coming to Outdoor Running.

There are a wide variety of workout challenges to choose from, including Yoga and Hiking, which are both new to the platform. Similarly, the new feature also gives reminders to end workout sessions after a period of inactivity. Rolling Mile Pace is being added for outdoor runs, plus a custom pace alert, and Cadence. All you'll need to do is send an invitation to a friend, and once they accept it, you can talk whenever you want.

Of course, iPhone users are used to it - Apple has put older handsets out to pasture as it's continued to iterate iOS - but the Watch is only a little over three years old.

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Apple takes center stage as it announces its next big updates. It just never released the feature on the original Apple Watch.

This seems like the type of feature that I wouldn't want to have on all the time, but it could definitely be fun. And the Siri watch face will display notifications from third-party apps, not just the watch's built-in apps. Likewise, there are enhanced notifications from third-party apps.

Either that, or it's something the company is holding back for a future watchOS 5 update or perhaps even watchOS 6.

In watchOS 5, you no longer have to raise your wrist and say "Hey Siri" to use voice commands.

While Apple had introduced music streaming features with watchOS 4, it has now brought Apple Podcasts support. Think of it like voice messages in iMessage...but simpler and on your wrist. Apple also showed the GymKit which connects the Apple Watch with types of equipment in a gym.

Also viewable web content will be available in texts and email. It's about time, Apple.

There's a ton of other features, too.


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