Everything new in watchOS 5 beta 2: Walkie Talkie feature now active

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in Apple Watch edited June 20
The second watchOS 5 beta includes a few notable additions to the Apple Watch operating system, the most important being a functioning Walkie Talkie app.

Apple Watch watchOS 5 Walkie Talkie


Aside from the now working Walkie Talkie app, a new "Now Playing" widget appears at the top of the active watch face whenever music is currently playing on a connected device. Tapping it takes you directly to the Now Playing screen.

Similarly, a Walkie Talkie icon resides in the same place whenever it is enabled. Both the Now Playing and Walkie Talkie icons fit in the same place that the Workout icon does when in the middle of a session.






Beyond those two major additions, not much has changed with this developer beta.

Related to Apple Watch, the latest iOS 12 update references several as-yet-unannounced Apple Watch models, which could debut as early as this September.

If you haven't already, check out AppleInsider's exhaustive list of changes coming to watchOS 5 when the OS launches this fall. watchOS 5 brings the new Walkie Talkie app, improvements to the Siri watch face, grouped notifications, support for Siri Shortcuts and much more.

The new watchOS 5 update will be made available this fall for all Apple Watch models (minus the original Series 0 model) alongside iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12.

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  • Reply 1 of 12
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,283member
    Doesn't that usually say watchOS x.x?

     
  • Reply 2 of 12
    jingojingo Posts: 86member
    I have not seen anywhere a mention of whether this needs a cellular model or if this feature can use a coupled iPhone for the WalkieTalkie backhaul.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 12
    irelandireland Posts: 17,411member
    jingo said:
    I have not seen anywhere a mention of whether this needs a cellular model..
    Not mentioned I’d bet it does not need cell model watch. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 543member
    jingo said:
    I have not seen anywhere a mention of whether this needs a cellular model or if this feature can use a coupled iPhone for the WalkieTalkie backhaul.
    Per 9to5Mac, works via iPhone & WiFi. Also works via cellular as well. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    They could have used something like this on 'Stranger Things.'
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 12
    mbenz1962mbenz1962 Posts: 102member
    Like I commented on a previous article: "...I hope there is some way to "deny" an incoming call." It seems that the Do not Disturb option will work when you can forsee a certian time when you don't want to be disturbed, but I can imagine this being cumbersome to remember resulting in not always being activated At the time when I made the original comment, the responses from other posters seemed to indicate that you had to accept the conversation invite for every "session", but after watching this video it seem that the comment everyone has been quoting, namely: "To establish the session, the user needs to select a contact they want to use Walkie-Talkie with, prompting a request on the recipient's Apple Watch asking to start a conversation. Once accepted, the connection is made, and users can communicate via the push-to-talk system. " applies to a one time addition of contacts into the group of people who you will use this feature with rather than every time you want to start a conversation. So, I hope you can just put your hand over the screen or something to prevent a shrill voice yelling at you from your wrist when you are indisposed. For example when you are in the restroom, impromptu meetings at work, while in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with another person, and the list goes on. I wonder if this "denial" would then some how alert your "caller" to the fact that you are in the middle of something so they just don't keep blowing you up.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    macguimacgui Posts: 886member
    The Walkie-Talkie uses Face-TIme audio.

    What wasn't mentioned here was the chirp or beep alert that you get on an incoming W-T. Like the Nextel phones, that could/will get annoying quick. I'd like the option to disable that alert tone and use the Taptic engine instead.

    The Available Toggle is a good thing, but I'd like to see it part of the Watch's Control Center. It would be handier to use, I think.

    I like the idea of a hand on the screen to deny a call. I'd also like to see a text automatically sent, either a canned 'Can't talk right now, will call you back' or a message you create.

    The down side is that will probably be a bigger violation of Peace and Quiet Etiquette than the people who stand next to you and use the speaker phone, talking louder than they need to.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,283member
    macgui said:
    The Walkie-Talkie uses Face-TIme audio.

    What wasn't mentioned here was the chirp or beep alert that you get on an incoming W-T. Like the Nextel phones, that could/will get annoying quick. I'd like the option to disable that alert tone and use the Taptic engine instead.

    The Available Toggle is a good thing, but I'd like to see it part of the Watch's Control Center. It would be handier to use, I think.

    I like the idea of a hand on the screen to deny a call. I'd also like to see a text automatically sent, either a canned 'Can't talk right now, will call you back' or a message you create.

    The down side is that will probably be a bigger violation of Peace and Quiet Etiquette than the people who stand next to you and use the speaker phone, talking louder than they need to.
    It does FaceTime Audio, but it wished it did work like Nextel devices. I do hope that Apple has plans for this outside of the current setup. For example, making deals with cruise ships, for example, that have WiFi nodes and cellular towers that will allow families and friends to connect locally on the ship without any costs since we're only talking about a short burst of audio through a local system (not uplinked to the satellite). Maybe a per user fee for the entire cruise would be in order, but it's really not too hard to get this to pass FaceTime audio freely through their firewall while staying locally.

    This could also be a boon for Watch sales. I've thought about such a system for decades of cruising (just have been bringing real Walkie Talkies with me). If was going again and this was an option I'd be making sure everyone I'm with had a Watch that would support this feature.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 12
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 625member
    Soli said:
    macgui said:
    The Walkie-Talkie uses Face-TIme audio.

    What wasn't mentioned here was the chirp or beep alert that you get on an incoming W-T. Like the Nextel phones, that could/will get annoying quick. I'd like the option to disable that alert tone and use the Taptic engine instead.

    The Available Toggle is a good thing, but I'd like to see it part of the Watch's Control Center. It would be handier to use, I think.

    I like the idea of a hand on the screen to deny a call. I'd also like to see a text automatically sent, either a canned 'Can't talk right now, will call you back' or a message you create.

    The down side is that will probably be a bigger violation of Peace and Quiet Etiquette than the people who stand next to you and use the speaker phone, talking louder than they need to.
    It does FaceTime Audio, but it wished it did work like Nextel devices. I do hope that Apple has plans for this outside of the current setup. For example, making deals with cruise ships, for example, that have WiFi nodes and cellular towers that will allow families and friends to connect locally on the ship without any costs since we're only talking about a short burst of audio through a local system (not uplinked to the satellite). Maybe a per user fee for the entire cruise would be in order, but it's really not too hard to get this to pass FaceTime audio freely through their firewall while staying locally.
    Unfortunately I think this might be stymied by that patent troll going after Apple's original peer to peer Facetime system. Apparently that's why it was never open-sourced either, since Apple has to provide server support for the backend.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    mavemufcmavemufc Posts: 326member
    Think the Walkie Talkie feature is pretty cool, just wish more of my friends had the Watch so I could use it.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 12
    wd4fsuwd4fsu Posts: 4member
    elijahg said:
    Soli said:
    macgui said:
    The Walkie-Talkie uses Face-TIme audio.

    What wasn't mentioned here was the chirp or beep alert that you get on an incoming W-T. Like the Nextel phones, that could/will get annoying quick. I'd like the option to disable that alert tone and use the Taptic engine instead.

    The Available Toggle is a good thing, but I'd like to see it part of the Watch's Control Center. It would be handier to use, I think.

    I like the idea of a hand on the screen to deny a call. I'd also like to see a text automatically sent, either a canned 'Can't talk right now, will call you back' or a message you create.

    The down side is that will probably be a bigger violation of Peace and Quiet Etiquette than the people who stand next to you and use the speaker phone, talking louder than they need to.
    Unfortunately I think this might be stymied by that patent troll going after Apple's original peer to peer Facetime system. Apparently that's why it was never open-sourced either, since Apple has to provide server support for the backend.
    Oh.my.gosh. It's a bit irrational, but I get really steamed at this kind of thing. Patent trolls need to go away.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 5,578member
    Was expecting to see it demoed in the video, would make its use clearer. 
    watto_cobra
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