Apple's watchOS 5 with Walkie Talkie, Podcast apps is now available

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Following ten developer betas, Apple has shipped the final public release of watchOS 5, allowing Apple Watch owners to update to the latest version of the operating system that adds new features, including Walkie Talkie and automatic workout detection.




To update the Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch companion app on the connected iPhone, and tap the My Watch tab. Under the General section, select Software Update and enter the passcode if requested.

Not all Apple Watch owners will be able to benefit from using watchOS 5. The first-generation Apple Watch was not compatible with the software during its beta, and Apple's website also advises the device will not work.

The Apple Watch Series 1 and later iterations can run watchOS 5.





As is to be expected from a milestone operating system release, Apple has included a number of new features and major changes to watchOS 5 to make the Apple Watch even more useful to owners.

One of the most accessible features in watchOS 5 is the Walkie Talkie app, which enables Apple Watch users to perform push-to-talk communications with each other via their wearable devices. After connecting the Apple Watches together via the app, one person can press the on-screen button to open the line of communication, with their message automatically playing aloud on the recipient's device.

Another big change relates to activity, with users able to set up competitions with other Apple Watch users, to encourage them to work out more. Competing against each other for awards at the end of the designated period, the users can check each other's progress over time, enabling accountability for exercise while also showing how far in front or behind their friends are in the contest.

Automatic workout detection will now start a workout on the Apple Watch if one is detected. If a workout session is cut short, the Apple Watch's stress detection feature can kick in and alert the user.

Notifications are being made more intuitive in WatchOS 5, with the ability to respond more easily, while integration with WebKit also adds further improvements to message notifications.

Building upon earlier Apple Music integration, Apple Podcasts has been added to watchOS, with Siri able to play individual podcasts by request. Third party-apps are also enabled to play background audio.

The Siri watch face will now allow third-party apps to appear, including some from Nike. Siri has also been altered to trigger if users raise their wrist to their face, rather than using the earlier "Hey, Siri" verbal prompt.
albegarc

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 16
    no..not yet..
    albegarc
  • Reply 2 of 16
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
  • Reply 3 of 16
    Anyone else still getting "watchOS 4.3.2 / Your software is up to date?"

    I have a Series 3 so it should be compatible with WatchOS 5.0, but it isn't offering to update...
    albegarc
  • Reply 4 of 16
    Anyone else still getting "watchOS 4.3.2 / Your software is up to date?"

    I have a Series 3 so it should be compatible with WatchOS 5.0, but it isn't offering to update...
    Not seeing it either
    albegarc
  • Reply 5 of 16
    I have a series 3 as well and just started updated my watch about 15 minutes ago. 
    albegarc
  • Reply 6 of 16
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    Here too.. I was like WTF?? 
  • Reply 7 of 16
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    I haven't install iOS12 or WatchOS5 yet, but maybe is it in the Watch App on your iphone to get things started?
  • Reply 8 of 16
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    I haven't install iOS12 or WatchOS5 yet, but maybe is it in the Watch App on your iphone to get things started?
    Yes but first you have to install iOS 12. Otherwise you won´t be able to Install Watch OS 5
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 16
    Walkie-Talkie doesn’t work and there are no new watch faces. What gives? I have a Series 2. 
  • Reply 10 of 16
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,470member
    I wish I knew where to find all these new features. All I got were some new Watch faces that are totally <meh>. I'm at 5.0, but can't find much of anything new.

    I clicked Apple's Watch Guide link in the 'What's new in iOS 12' app and got 'Content not available'.  Thank you, Apple.


  • Reply 11 of 16
    I’m finding it difficult to successfully trigger raise-to-speak Siri...I can get it like 10% of the time. Guess you gotta learn the hang of it?
  • Reply 12 of 16
    I was also missing the Walkie Talkie app and after a conversation with Apple Support it is because I deleted the Facetime App off of my iPhone, it requires this to be installed to work.
  • Reply 13 of 16
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    Here too.. I was like WTF?? 
    I was also missing the Walkie Talkie app and after a conversation with Apple Support it is because I deleted the Facetime App off of my iPhone, it requires this to be installed to work.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 16
    Still can’t get Walkie-Talkie to work. All ducks are in a row, but invite I send my wife is not received, and vice-versa. Support escalated problem to engineering which means that’s the last I’ll ever hear from them. Help, AI, follow up on this. Others I know having the same problem. 
  • Reply 15 of 16
    albegarc said:
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    I haven't install iOS12 or WatchOS5 yet, but maybe is it in the Watch App on your iphone to get things started?
    Yes but first you have to install iOS 12. Otherwise you won´t be able to Install Watch OS 5
    I meant for them to check. I'm about to do both now, but I knew that you have to update everything first.
  • Reply 15 of 16
    albegarc said:
    flydog said:
    This Walkie Talkie app is MIA on my watch.  Am I missing something?
    I haven't install iOS12 or WatchOS5 yet, but maybe is it in the Watch App on your iphone to get things started?
    Yes but first you have to install iOS 12. Otherwise you won´t be able to Install Watch OS 5
    I know that, but I was suggesting that they they look on the watch app on the iPhone. I can confirm that I have it with iPhone X and series 2. It took 2 1/2hr to update to watch os  5.
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