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Apple Watch Gets Walkie-Talkie Mode and More


WatchOS 5 will be launched this fall and it will bring plenty of Apple Watch awesome updates. At WWDC, Apple revealed that the Apple Watch will soon have a Walkie-Talkie mode, allowing you to simply tap it to start a real-time, audio-based conversation with a friend.

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The new Walkie-Talkie feature will work both over WiFi and cellular connections and is based on Apple’s proprietary FaceTime technology, independent of iMessage.

Another big Apple Watch update packed in watchOS 5 is the automatic activity tracking, something that’s definitely going to make your next workout easier. With it, you won’t have to start a workout yourself when going for a run, for example, the watch will detect it automatically and create a recording of it, so you don’t lose any tracking.


For podcast enthusiasts, Apple Watch will start syncing with audio-apps like Audible or Pandora, as well as sync any podcast progress across iOS devices.

Of course, Siri got some upgrades as well. Apple’s smart assistant will use machine learning to predict ETA in heavy traffic conditions or suggest workout prompts based on your previous activities.

On the design front, WWDC marked the launch of a Pride Edition band with a matching watch face, whose purchase will include a donation to LGBTQ organizations. Oh, and there are also three new sport bands colors (peach, marine green, and sky blue).

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