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WatchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks

WatchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks

Now Apple is improving on it's famous circle-closing experience through Challenges. Competitions will allow Apple Watch owners to challenge their activity sharing friends to 7-day competitions, based upon their fitness data. All of it is tied together through an awards incentive system. The new features will arrive under the watchOS banner this autumn.

The Workout app also adds Hiking as an exercise and will sense elevation to ensure that you're properly tracking calories for all of those steep inclines.

The new interface also has an option to keep track of your rolling mile pace and your steps per minute cadence, and give you a custom alert pulse on your wrist (using haptic touch) when you fall below or go above the pace you wanted. The app is uniquely called Walkie-Talkie.

A new feature for developers allows music, audiobooks and meditation sessions from apps such as Pandora, Audible and 10% Happier to be synced to Apple Watch for playback offline without the user's iPhone nearby. It all happens pretty much instantly, and it works whether you're on a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

The new Apple Watch interface is all about catering to active watch-wearers. For starters, you can now raise your wrist and instantly talk to the assistant, skipping the "Hey Siri" trigger.

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watchOS 5 - What else is new? Interactive notifications are now a thing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage that Apple Watch sales grew 60% in 2017.

Watch notifications, which were once simple alerts relayed from your iPhone, will become significantly more useful in watchOS 5, especially in third-party apps. So you can really mare the Siri watchface your own.

Continue reading to learn about the most exciting new features coming with Apple's latest software upgrade. Most likely, web resources. We've rounded up five of the biggest features coming with watchOS 5. Apple will do its best to optimize the content for the small display in the background. This will let students user their Apple Watch to enter areas normally limited in access to those with student ID cards.