Apple watchOS 5 puts focus on fitness
Next wearable OS update includes fitness features, but wont be compatible with original Apple Watch
Apple today previewed watchOS 5, the latest update to its wearable device.
The update include a number of new features for communications, information and entertainment, and has a focus on fitness and health activities.
The OS has improved support for Siri, to act as a virtual assistant interface for the device, along with enhanced notifications, and fast access to Apple podcast streaming.
A new Walkie-Talkie feature, which can connect Apple Watch users with voice communications over cell or WiFi connection, anywhere in the world, but will not be available in the UAE.
In fitness, watchOS 5 includes Activity Competitions, where users can challenge other users to weekly activity contests; auto-workout detection to help if the user forgets to start workout features; dedicated workouts for 12 activity types, new features for runners for pace and cadence.
The new update is available as a closed developer preview now, and will be a general update in the Autumn. However, Apple has warned that not all features will be available in all regions, and the update will only work with Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12, it will not be compatible with the original Apple Watch.
"We're thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people's lives," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, enhance their fitness and, in many cases, detect life-threatening conditions. With the launch of watchOS 5, we're excited to introduce new activity and communications features that will take the Watch to a whole new level."
Apple is also launching a watch face, to celebrate Pride, and the Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is updated with a new rainbow stripe, priced at AED 209.
Apple also introduced new summer band colors in Marine Green, Peach and Sky Blue, priced at AED 209.