Although this year's WWDC focused pretty heavily on performance and stability improvements, there were still quite a few new features announced across Apple's various software platforms. watchOS 5 may not tout loads of fun new stuff to play around with, but there are still a few (five, to be exact) things that have me excited to install watchOS 5 when the time comes. Between the improvements to Siri, the new Walkie-Talkie app, better notification handling, and more, there was plenty to keep me interested during the watchOS 5 portion of the WWDC keynote. Here's what I'm looking forward to! Walkie-Talkie OK, OK, I know this feature seems a little gimmicky to some, but I think it's pretty awesome. I've never been too keen on having a long phone conversation via the Apple Watch, but as my colleague Serenity Caldwell has pointed out in the past, the microphone on the Apple Watch is rather impressive at picking up your voice. Any of my closest friends will tell you that I'm already prone to … [Read more...] about 5 things I’m excited about for watchOS 5
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SAN JOSE—Just three years after the release of the first Apple Watch, Apple announced the fifth iteration of its wearable operating system at WWDC 2018. Unlike iOS updates, most watchOS updates haven't brought drastic changes to Apple's device in terms of look and feel. WatchOS 5 doesn't radically alter the experience of using an Apple Watch, but it does add a number of helpful features across different use categories like fitness, communication, and general life organization. We spent some time demoing the software update to learn more about the changes. Workouts and Activity My colleague Samuel Axon and I were immediately excited by the announcement of workout auto detection. (Auto detection allows the Apple Watch to know when you've been working out even if you haven't officially started a workout on the watch.) To begin tracking a workout, you normally tap on the type of workout you want to record; doing so immediately launches a three-second countdown timer that ushers you … [Read more...] about WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri
Apple has revealed several new features that will be coming to Apple Watch with the WatchOS 5 software update.Some, though not all, of the new features were detailed during the company's Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 so we have rounded them up to make it easy for you to find out what your Apple Watch will be able to do when the software update arrives in the Fall.Here is what's new in WatchOS 5.Activity and WorkoutsApple has introduced Activity Competitions so rather than just sharing your activity, you can challenge a friend like you can with platforms like Fitbit. Users will be able to start a seven-day competition with a contact where you will earn points based on the percentage of Activity rings you complete.You'll receive progress updates throughout the week on your standing and whether you are ahead or behind your competitor, as well as the score so you'll know what you need to do to win that trophy. You'll get one point for every completed ring and you'll be able to … [Read more...] about What’s new in Apple WatchOS 5?
Apple on Monday introduced a handful of new features for its Siri watch face on the Apple Watch.The Siri watch face, first introduced last year, brings a handful of the voice assistant's features right up front on your Apple Watch, providing your calendar, reminders and commute times. With the new WatchOS 5, which was revealed Monday at the annual WWDC developer conference, the Siri watch face will provide more information, including live sports scores and heart rate.Siri Shortcuts, a new tool that lets people create and use their own Siri commands, will also come to the Siri watch face. Also, third-party apps, like Nike+ Run Club and Citymapper, will be accessible directly through the Siri watch face for the first time. Now Playing: Watch this: Apple focus on fitness with new Watch OS 5 2:03 Watch faces are an area of intense interest for Apple Watch owners, because these faces are among the few ways people can personalize their watches. That kind of customization is … [Read more...] about Apple Watch’s Siri watch face getting smarter
Best iPhone apps 2018 Apps are the cornerstone of Apple's iOS platform. The ecosystem is what sets Apple's mobile platform apart from its rivals, and the highest-quality iPhone apps are typically best in class.But, like any app store, it is sometimes difficult to find out what are truly the best apps, the ones that stand out from the rest and offer a tool or service that's far beyond anything else available. There's a bigger problem to think about here: with over a billion downloads from the App Store it can be a nightmare trying to work out which title is for you.Research from analytics firm AppAnnie suggests that the average person uses nine apps per day, including the inbuilt options - and on the iPhone, there's more of an onus on creativity.The issue there is working out what's good for you, and what's superfluous. For instance, there are loads of brilliant weather apps out there, many with cutting-edge features and beautiful interfaces. Or alarm clocks that can connect to the … [Read more...] about The best iPhone apps to download in 2018