What's new for Siri in watchOS 5

by Lawrence Cooper June 5, 2018, 8:00
What's new for Siri in watchOS 5

Apple unveiled their newest upgrades and additions coming to the Apple Watch during its WWDC 2018 Keynote presentation in San Jose, California today.

Apple is making some improvements to its Siri watch face. The move has, of course, been on the cards, though, with the more recent Apple Watches all carrying more beefy internals which is clearly something watchOS 5 requires in order to make its new features possible.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage that Apple Watch sales grew 60% in 2017. The new Shortcuts and Suggestions features are coming the the WatchOS Siri as well.

The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favourite third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike.

There are a wide variety of workout challenges to choose from, including Yoga and Hiking, which are both new to the platform.

Apple now offers plenty of new Apple Watches to choose from, although no new hardware refresh was announced during the WWDC opening keynote. Basically, Siri in watchOS 5 will be taking a lot of the legwork out of your daily routines. The name is pretty descriptive - it's a new voice messaging app, that let's you connect to contacts, Apple Watch to Apple Watch. Another major new feature is the ability to raise your wrist to speak with Siri - users no longer need to say Hey Siri to speak a voice command.

Apple is set to release a new version of WatchOS with, unsurprisingly, new fitness features. Also, the popular Outdoor Run activity is now more data-rich, thanks to things like Pace Alerts and Cadance. A brand new metric - rolling mile pace - is introduced as an additional option for runners to see their pace for the immediately preceding mile in addition to their average pace or current pace.

Well, it has happened, and was going to eventually. watchOS 5 will not be available for the original Apple Watch; this also includes the insanely expensive Edition models from that era. Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University will bring the capability by the end of the year.

The Pride watch band and face. Some features may not be available in all regions.

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