What's new for Siri in watchOS 5

Apple Watch gets Walkie-Talkie mode

That said, the re-release of the Apple Watch Series 1 with the Series 2's processor - any Series 1 released after 2016 - will be able to run watchOS 5, according to Apple.

Some iPhone and Apple Watch owners may soon be able to unlock doors and pay transit fares with their smart devices.

watchOS 5 will be available this fall.

Another big change is that watchOS 5 supports WebKit.

Additionally, Apple Watch users will no longer need to say "Hey Siri" to address the digital assistant - and can instead just raise their wrist and begin issuing commands. 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. If you forget to start a workout but the watch senses your movement has increased and your heart rate has gone up, it will retroactively recognize your workout and start tracking it.

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For communication, there's a new "Walkie Talkie" mode, which basically like the old-school push-to-talk functionality from old cell phones, but on a watch. The watch will now end the workout for you based on the same heart rate and movement data. There's also a new cadence metric (steps per minute), and a new pace alarm that alert users if they are behind their chosen pace.

Apple is set to release a new version of WatchOS with, unsurprisingly, new fitness features. If they accept it, you can then walkie-talkie them at any time.

WatchOS 5 marks the first time Apple has dropped support for a variant of the Apple Watch with a new software update, but it's something the company regularly does for its other ranges of devices. Siri Shortcuts opens up data channels to third-party apps as well. Watch-to-watch connection works over wifi in real-time.

While Apple had introduced music streaming features with watchOS 4, it has now brought Apple Podcasts support.

Apple Watch celebrates Pride month. New episodes of your subscribed podcasts will be automatically synced, and you can also ask Siri for a specific podcast. Still, it is worth noting that Apple is not offering a full-featured browser experience. There's also Student ID Card integration, letting students of supporting universities make their Apple Watch a virtual student ID card.

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