While the hardware is taking centre stage in the September Apple unveiling, there’s a lot of interest coming in from the software side, in particular Watch OS 5.
The latest beta for Watch OS 5 was released last week, however, it’s only released to developers as it can’t be rolled back; sorry public, you’ll have to wait for the September release date. But, we’ve managed to get hold of some of features news for Watch OS 5, and it’s proving to be quite impressive.
The headline feature is without a doubt the new Walkie-Talkie app, which, according to Apple, is an entirely new communications method which, as the name suggests, is just like an old walkie-talkie.
The Walkie-Talkie app works by combining messaging and voice functionality. You simply send a request to a friend who will then activate their Walkie-Talkie, and once connected you press the Talk button and begin speaking.
The app works over both Wi-Fi and mobile networks, so there’s no distance barrier as with a traditional walkie-talkie, and it has been designed for high-quality audio, so at least you’ll be able to clearly hear what your friend is saying.
It’s actually a really cool feature, and one we’re looking forward to testing out. Now all Apple need to do is link it with a car and we can finally realise our boyhood dreams of being Michael Knight talking to K.I.T.T.
There’s also going to be a dedicated Podcast app available with Watch OS 5. This of course means that you won’t need your iPhone nearby to listen to your favourite, latest podcasts. It also syncs with the Podcasts app on iOS, and will restore your place no matter which device you listen to it on.
Siri has seen a number of updates within Watch OS 5. There’s new maps, heart rate monitoring and sports content displayed on the Siri watch face, and it works with third-party apps, too.
More interestingly, though, is the fact that Siri is always on. This means you no longer have to say ‘Hey Siri’ to activate, instead you simply raise your wrist and start speaking. This does come with major security concerns, naturally. Are you perfectly fine with your digital assistant always listening to what you say? Let us know in the comments below.