• Activity Competitions:
watchOS 5 will let watch users
challenge friends they share
activity with to seven-day their
• New Running Features: Runners will be happy to finally have
the same run-tracking features
that have been available on other
trackers for a while, including
cadence tracking for indoor and
outdoor runs, pace alarms for
outdoor runs that alert runners
when they are falling behind, and
rolling mile pace tracking.
• Auto-Workout Detection: Anyone who has forgotten to start
or stop workout tracking on their
watch will be relieved to know
that beginning with watchOS 5,
the Apple Watch will automatically detect when workouts begin
and end, alert users to start and
stop tracking, and give credit for
• Podcasts App: Apple is finally
fixing a major oversight and adding the Apple Podcasts app to
the Apple Watch for offline listening directly from the watch.
• Third-Party App Audio: Developers of music, audiobooks,
and meditation apps will be able to allow users to sync
content from their iPhone to their Apple Watch for offline
• Raise Wrist to Activate Siri: Apple Watch users will no
longer have to say, “Hey Siri,” any time they want to use
the digital assistant on their Apple Watch. Instead, they can
simply raise their wrist and start talking.
• Siri Watch Face Improvements:
Siri will use machine learning,
along with any shortcuts users
have set up in iOS 12 to offer
proactive suggestions such as
heart rate information after a
workout, ordering suggestions at
the time of day a user typically
orders coffee, and traffic information at the time they usually
• New Walkie-Talkie Feature:
With watchOS 5, you can use
the Apple Watch to talk with
close family and friends just like
a walkie-talkie, but using Wi-Fi
and cellular connections.
• Student ID: The Apple Watch will replace physical Student
IDs for Apple Watch users at select universities this year.
Presumably, Apple will expand to as many universities as
possible in the near future, thus roping huge numbers of
college students into the Apple ecosystem.
• Interactive Notifications: Users can now take more actions within notifications from third-party apps.
• Customizable Control Center: iOS 11 made it possible for
iPhone users to customize their Control Centers and now
watchOS 5 will let Apple Watch users choose the order
items appear in their watch’s Control Center.
tvOS 12: Zero Sign-on, Live Sports
& Dolby Atmos
The Apple TV saw 50 percent growth this year. There is a lot
of talk about original content becoming available on Apple TV,
but Apple made no mention of this at WWDC. Here are the
features the tech giant is rolling out:
• Previously purchased movies will automatically be upgraded to 4K HDR.
• The Apple TV 4K supports Dolby Atmos room-filling sound.
All previously purchased supported titles will be upgraded
for free to Dolby audio.
• The Apple TV app now has live sports and news. In the
United States, Charter Communications will launch the
Spectrum app late this year, which means up to 50 million
Charter cable customers will be able to access live channels
without a cable box.
• Zero sign-on (instead of single sign-on). If you’re on your
TV provider’s broadband network, all supported apps will be
• Aerial Screensavers will show the location when you tap
the remote, plus Apple has added a new location: Earth,
taken from the International Space Station.