Hands-On With All the New Features in watchOS 5

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    watchOS 5, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, was introduced last week alongside iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The update doesn't include design changes or new watch faces, but it does introduce some fun new features that make the Apple Watch more useful than ever, like Walkie-Talkie.

    We went hands-on with the new watchOS 5 update in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers an idea of what to expect from the software when it launches this fall.

    Walkie-Talkie, the coolest new feature in watchOS 5, will let you use the Apple Watch like, well, a Walkie-Talkie, with opt-in push-to-talk communication. In the first beta of watchOS 5, which is available to developers, the Walkie-Talkie app is unfortunately not functional, listing a "Coming Soon" message when you open it up. We'll have a separate video when it launches, so make sure to stay tuned for that.

    There are other great new features in watchOS 5, though, like a new Podcasts app that lets you listen to podcasts right on your wrist without needing to open up your iPhone.

    For those of you who like competition, Apple's added a new Workout option that lets you challenge your friends to a 7-day fitness competition to see who can earn the most activity points, which is great for motivation.

    Yoga and Hiking, two new Workout types, have been added, while runners will be pleased to see rolling mile pace, custom pace alerts, and cadence for better than ever tracking. Automatic Workout detection means your watch will never fail to start or stop recording your workouts, even if you forgot to manually use the Workout app.

    The Siri Watch face now supports sports, maps, heart rate, and third-party apps, so you'll see more useful suggestions, plus notifications are now actionable so you can do more right from your wrist. watchOS 5 also introduces limited support for WebKit, so you can view website menus, see full Mail messages, and click links in the Messages app without needing to pick up your iPhone.

    It's worth noting that watchOS 5 is going to be limited to Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 Apple Watch models. That means that it won't run on the original Apple Watch.

    What are you most excited for in watchOS 5? Let us know in the comments and make sure to check out our watchOS 5 roundup for more details on the new operating system.

    Article Link: Hands-On With All the New Features in watchOS 5
  2. r0han macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2018
    The Raise to Speak feature, where you don't have to say "Hey Siri" anymore, doesn't work for me. Anybody else?

  3. jensph macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2015
    "There are other great new features in watchOS 5, though, like a new Podcasts app that lets you listen to podcasts right on your wrist without needing to open up your iPhone."

    Can you download a podcast to a Series 2 so you can listen with no phone near by? On a run, for example.
  4. hagar, Jun 14, 2018
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    hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Watching these videos makes me nervous. Fiddling with this tiny screen, I can’t see the appeal. Still on the fence if I’ll ever buy one.
  5. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Don’t even seem to have a Podcast app on my Apple Watch series 1 with watchOS 5 beta 1.
  6. JGIGS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    I was in the same camp for awhile but now that I've had the series 3 since it's been released at the very least it's a nicer more consistent way to get notifications. Just make sure you don't forget to unlock when you put it on your wrist though.

    I'd say if you have the cash to spare it's a nice to have but definitely not a have to have. If you flip between android and apple devices it would be even less valuable.
  7. bigandtasty macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    Sounds cool. Feature I am looking most forward too? After reading Watch OS5 won't run on series O, I guess what I am looking most forward to is my new Series 4 Stainless watch!
  8. BuddyTronic macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Oh, you don't need to spend time looking at the screen really.

    I like it for taking calls

    Finding where I put my iPhone

    HeartRate measurement - while I am swimming

    Lap counting and stroke count - again for swimming

    Following my AAPL stock

    Sunrise and Sunset time


    Ummmm Time :)


    And unsuspectingly cool was for navigation while driving! If you have CarPlay running with your iPhone on a late model car, your wrist will vibrate when you need to make a turn along with the Siri navigation voice and GPS map on the car screen. VERY cool and nice.

    OH - don't forget Apple Pay!

    There are probably many more things!

    Oh! - it can bluetooth music to my AirPods, and it can even live stream if you have a cellular account hooked up on the Apple Watch - I don't because I am in Canada and it's stupid here.

    It's not like I have ever "played a game" on the Apple Watch. Most of the stuff it does is automatic.

    The only time I look at the screen might be to look at my latest swim workout data while I am in the Jacuzzi after swimming.
  9. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Are they going to optimize this for older models like iOS did?

    My AW2 is struggling...
    --- Post Merged, Jun 14, 2018 ---
    Its an awesome device. Didn't realize how awesome until I bought one!
  10. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Liking the improvements to Siri watch Face
  11. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I'm really looking forward to the walkie talkie functionality. My wife actually wants an Apple Watch for the first time ever because of this function and how useful it would be for coordinating with each other with various activities, the kids and running errands. I'm am REALLY looking forward to getting a shiny new Apple Watch to replace my Series 0 in a few months! Hoping for a bigger display and removal of the stupid red dot. It would also be good if they could find a way to strengthen the sapphire glass as I've got a hairline crack (not really noticeable but now I have to be careful about getting it wet) running along the edge of mine after clipping our stainless steel refrigerator door handle.
  12. billyt1963 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    Yoga is not a new workout type, I have it on the latest version.
  13. EdT macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE

    Does the ‘2-way’ text appear in mid air whenever you use the walkie-talkie feature?
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  15. andycarver macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2012
    QLD, Australia l
  16. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Erm, it’s the first beta.....
  17. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    Not that I use Apple Watch, but still a decent upgrade in my opinion. Now, if only macOS would get the same amount of attention.. :/
  18. andycarver macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2012
    QLD, Australia l
    You don’t need to unlock the watch. Just your phone.
  19. msew macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2017
    -would like siri avail on the modular watch face (where your calender normally is)

    -would like them to revert the apple watch OS 4 change to breathe time. With 4+ you have to be UTTERLY still not moving at all and it will tell you to breathe. It was and is a bad change.
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You adjust rather quickly. I think the 42 mm size display is plenty large enough and I think if you are interested, take advantage of a 14 day return period. I think smart watches are still unfamiliar with some , but they certainly have grown to a demographic of all ages.
  21. grunty macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2014
    Which strap is that?
  22. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  23. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    It does not work for me.
  24. robbo_syd macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2018
    So, have they included iMessage cloud sync in this release? since that seems still not addressed for Watch in 4.x *facepalm* can someone test?
  25. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012

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