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Apple releases watchOS 5 with Podcasts, Walkie-Talkie, and much more

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Apple has released watchOS 5 for Apple Watch today. The software update brings a lot of new features and improvements to the Apple-designed wearable, including Activity Competitions, Advanced Running Features, and Walkie-Talkie.

watchOS 5 brings Apple Podcasts to the Watch for the first time. Siri on Apple Watch is now state-of-the-art smart, thanks to Machine Learning leveraged by the Sir watch face. Plus, strike off the “Hey Siri” command — you can now just raise your wrist to talk to Siri. And she will listen.

watchOS 5 Supported Devices

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

watchOS 5 Changelog

Activity

  • Challenge any of your Activity sharing friends to a one-on-one, seven-day competition
  • Earn points by filling your Activity rings, one point for every percent added to the rings each day
  • View active competitions in the sharing tab of the Activity app
  • Receive intelligent and personalized notifications throughout the competitions
  • Earn awards at the end of the competition, and view in the redesigned Awards tab in the Activity app on iPhone

Workout

  • Automatic workout detection sends alerts to start the Workout app for many workouts, giving you retroactive credit for exercise already started, and end alerts reminding you to end your workout
  • Yoga and Hiking workout types for accurate tracking of relevant metrics
  • Set target pace during outdoor run workouts and receive alerts if you fall behind or move ahead of that target pace
  • Track cadence, or steps per minute, as you run and see average cadence in running Workout summaries
  • Rolling mile (or km) metric for running workouts measures pace for the immediately preceding mile (or km)

Apple Podcasts

  • Sync subscribed shows on Apple Podcasts to Apple Watch for local playback with Bluetooth headphones
  • New episodes are automatically refreshed as they are added to subscribed shows
  • Stream any available episode or show on Apple Podcasts with Siri when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular
  • New Podcasts complication for watch faces

Walkie-Talkie

  • Invite friends with Apple Watch to communicate with Walkie-Talkie
  • Press to talk and release to listen
  • Supports one-to-one interactions between Apple Watch users
  • Special sounds and haptics distinguish Walkie-Talkie from other notifications on Apple Watch
  • Set your availability for Walkie-Talkie
  • Walkie-Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular on Apple Watch or with paired iPhone

Watch Faces

  • Breathe face with three animation styles to choose from: Classic, Calm, and Focus
  • Three new motion faces—Fire & Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal—that animate when you raise your wrist or tap the display
  • Display curated moments from your photo library using the Memories option on the Photos watch face
  • New complications for Podcasts and Walkie-Talkie

Siri

  • Updated Siri watch face intelligently surfaces predictive and proactive Shortcuts based on routines and inputs like location and time of day
  • Integration with Maps on the Siri watch face shows turn-by-turn directions and estimated arrival times to your next calendar event location
  • Heart Rate measurements surfaced on the Siri watch face including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate
  • Live sports scores and upcoming games for your favorite teams in the TV app appear on the Siri watch face
  • Support for third-party app shortcuts on the Siri watch face
  • Access to Siri with Raise to Speak, by raising your wrist to your mouth and speaking your request into the watch (Series 3 and later)
  • Support for customized voice commands for Siri Shortcuts that are created and managed on iPhone

Notifications

  • Notifications from the same app are automatically grouped together to help you manage your notifications
  • Ability to modify notifications preferences for an app by swiping left on an app notification in Notification Center
  • New Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you
  • Turn off Do Not Disturb after a set time, location or calendar event

Heart Rate

  • Option to be notified if your heart rate falls below a specified threshold while you appeared to be inactive for a 10-minute period
  • Heart Rate measurements including resting rate, walking average, and recovery rate shown on the Siri watch face

Other features and improvements

  • View website content optimized for Apple Watch when receiving links in Mail or Messages
  • Add cities to Weather app on Apple Watch
  • See new metrics like UV Index, wind speed, and air quality index in supported regions in Weather app
  • Add new stocks to track in the Stocks app on Apple Watch
  • Customize arrangement of Control Center icons
  • Choose Wi-Fi networks in Settings app and enter password if prompted
  • Answer FaceTime video calls as audio on Apple Watch
  • Option to install software updates overnight
  • Add cities to World Clock app on Apple Watch
  • Use redesigned categories to scroll through and choose emoji in Mail and Messages
  • Adds support for system language in Hindi

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. For more information visit:

https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/HT201222

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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