Monday saw Apples annual WWDC conference which features a range of announcements including new updates, features and additions – one of which was the introduction of the watchOS 5, a new and improved update for the popular apple watch range. The most noteworthy additions to the software include activity sharing, a walkie-talkie feature, podcasts as well as a new range of third-party enabled apps.

One of the key additions, activity sharing, involves users having the ability to invite other Apple Watch users to compete in a seven-day activity competition with watchOS 5. For example, runners will be able to record steps per minute metric for indoor and outdoor runs and walks and be alerted when a new pace is set.

The walkie-talkie feature will allow wearers to communicate quickly and easily with the tap of a button between compatible users over cellular or Wi-Fi.

If you’re a podcast lover there is great news for you; users of the apple watch will be able to listen to their favourite podcasts on the go through a new app which will automatically sync episodes across several devices. Siri has also had a face lift and now offers predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on routines, locations and information such as heart rate after a workout, commute time with Maps.

Another feature which will prove handy for students is the ability to load student IDs onto Wallet, creating access to the library, dorm rooms and paying for food with an easy swipe of the wrist.

The new update will be available on Apple Watch Series 1 and above. If we’ve convinced you to hop aboard the smart watch train, check out the range here.

 

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