‘Hey Siri’ is purely optional in watchOS 5

‘Hey Siri’ is purely optional in watchOS 5

Apple first started talking about a walkie-talkie feature back in 2014, before the Apple Watch launched the following year.

The Siri watch face got some new improvements too with sports scores, maps and heart rate data.

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 new colors are available in sport Apple Watch bands, as well as silicone cases for the iPhone 7/iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus/iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

This feature allows Apple Watches running watchOS 5 to send short messages to each other.

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Walkie talkie: this new feature brings press-to-talk communication to watch owners. This feature also offers a reminder to end workout sessions after a period of inactivity if the user forgets.

Each and every new update is now available for developers to try out, and we also know just which devices will be culled from Apple's admittedly lengthy lists of supported devices, too. For running enthusiasts, the update includes a 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. There are also new notifications and an app for listening to podcasts. When a user contacts a friend via watch-to-watch communications the recipient will feel a haptic vibration and hear a beep sound, instead of a phonecall. Siri Shortcuts opens up data channels to third-party apps as well. The wearable had already reached the point of being unusable with watchOS 4 so it is not surprising that Apple made a decision to drop support for it with the latest release of the OS. The Podcasts app is being added to the Watch, as well, and third-party apps will be able to play background audio.

Apple jumped into the smartwatch market in early 2015 with the release of the Apple Watch. There's also Student ID Card integration, letting students of supporting universities make their Apple Watch a virtual student ID card.

And the Apple Watch is becoming useful for students, with the addition of Student ID cards that college kids can tap to gain access to buildings and more on campus.

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