Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

What's new for Siri in watchOS 5

What's new for Siri in watchOS 5

You can add friends with an Apple Watch. We've rounded up five of the biggest features coming with watchOS 5.

So Apple is also adding bells and whistles that have nothing to do with working out, an effort to prove to the skeptics that the Apple Watch isn't just a fitness tracker.

Why do you need to say Siri when you've already got your Apple Watch hovering right in front of your face?

Another new feature for watchOS 5 is the addition of Podcasts to the Apple Watch. Episodes will sync to Apple Watch as well.

Apple also has said it will be rolling out tools to help users monitor and curb their smartphone usage. It's getting access to the Siri Shortcuts feature announced for iOS 12, and for the first time ever, you can use third-party apps in the Siri Watch face, allowing you to see content and shortcuts from your favorite apps. Along with iOS 12, it's also announced watchOS 5, with a variety of new features for Apple Watch devices.

Two new workouts, yoga and hiking, can be tracked on the watch when the software update rolls out later this year.

The iPhone maker is expected to show off the next generations of its iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch operating systems during Monday afternoon's keynote address.

watchOS 5 packs a lot of cool features, and you can learn all about them here.

Apart from the fitness-centric features, watchOS 5 has the Walkie-Talkie feature that lets users communicate with other Apple Watch wearers simply by tapping of the wrist.

A new Pride watch face discovered in watchOS 4.3.1 is also being unlocked today, using a series of animated strings to create a rainbow on the Apple Watch screen.

The new Walkie-Talkie app does very much what you would expect, making it possible to voice chat with another Apple Watch owner by tapping your wrist.

Additionally, Apple has released new colors of the Beats Powerbeats3, as well as the Beats Solo3. Student ID Cards was mentioned, in particular. It only works at a few campuses but you'll be able to pay for meals, unlock rooms and more.

A fun little feature aptly titled Walkie-Talkie will further help Apple Watches stand out as social connecting devices, supporting both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity to allow nearly futuristic wrist communication.

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