Apple Watch to get new Walkie-Talkie feature

Apple Watch gets Walkie-Talkie mode

The name is pretty descriptive - it's a new voice messaging app, that let's you connect to contacts, Apple Watch to Apple Watch. There is also a bunch of new content, including live sports scores, commute time from one place to another, and heart rate after a workout.

The Siri watch face on your Apple Watch was introduced with watchOS 4, and the convenience of having Siri on your wrist will be increasing when watchOS 5 releases this fall, thanks in large part to machine learning.

The Apple Watch didn't immediately catch on with buyers when it launched in 2015, but has become the best-selling wearable device on the market.

While Apple has official unveiled watchOS 5, it's only available via developer beta. You can now challenge any of your friends to an exercise competition, which will compare your tracking stats to your friends'. Other features include automatic workout detection - start working out and the Apple Watch will push out an alert saying, "It looks like you're working out". If a user press start after actually beginning a workout, the new feature provides with retroactive credits for that same workout. This feature also offers a reminder to end workout sessions after a period of inactivity if the user forgets. There are also new notifications and an app for listening to podcasts.


The new Apple Watch features were revealed at WWDC 2018 in San Francisco today. Your friend will feel a light vibration on the wrist and a beep before hearing your voice come in - kind of like a real Walkie-Talkie. Now that Apple has dropped support for watchOS updates, you might wanna act fast if you wanna use your Apple Watch as a walkie-talkie or not. Siri Shortcuts opens up data channels to third-party apps as well. Works over Wi-Fi or cellular connections, and you can send quick realtime audio from watch to watch. Episodes will automatically sync to Apple Watch, and as they're listened to on other devices, the app will automatically refresh with the latest episode.

Another standout feature is listed for students, replacing student ID cards.

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.

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