Apple Watch's Siri watch face getting smarter

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In addition to the Apple Watch Pride band released today, Apple has also released three new Apple Watch band colors for its sport line, as well as new colors for its silicone iPhone 8 and iPhone X cases...

Walkie-Talkie mode on the Apple Watch, coming later this year, will let you send short voice messages directly from your Watch to another Watch user. That watch, along with Apple's array of other watches, will be compatible with WatchOS 5. You can now challenge your friends if they share their activity.

But another thing that's cool is that your Apple Watch will automatically detect when you start and end your workout. The update includes several exciting new features, like a smarter version of Siri, interactive notifications, and a new Walkie-Talkie style of communicating. In recent months, many noteworthy developers have pulled their Apple Watch apps from its store. There's also a new cadence metric (steps per minute), and a new pace alarm that alert users if they are behind their chosen pace.

watchOS 5 is expected to help Apple compete even more aggressively with Fitbit health trackers, which have remained competitive with the Apple Watch thanks to their lower price points. 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. Users will first have to accept the Walk-Talkie request, and then can proceed to chat at any time of day with the press of a button.

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This marks the first time that any of the Apple Watches have been removed from support and with the original Apple Watch set to effectively become obsolete as of this year's update, likely to arrive in September, it may soon be time to say goodbye to an old friend. Siri Shortcuts opens up data channels to third-party apps as well.

While Apple had introduced music streaming features with watchOS 4, it has now brought Apple Podcasts support.

"We're thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people's lives", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. Apple Podcasts Users can now listen to their favorite podcasts on the go with Apple Podcasts on Apple Watch and stream any podcast in the catalog by using Siri.

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