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AP­PLE Watch is turn­ing into Ap­ple’s most in­ter­est­ing de­vice – there’s more to im­prove on than in the al­ready-nearper­fect iOS. Here are some key up­grades.


IF you start run­ning, or do­ing any other kind of work­out, the Ap­ple Watch can de­tect, the watch will ask you if you’re work­ing out. If you say yes, it will log the ac­tiv­ity from when you started. It’s a sim­ple but smart up­grade.


WALKIE-TALKIE is a new fun app that of­fers a new way to com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers that have an Ap­ple Watch. It shows a list of con­tacts who have an Ap­ple Watch. Select them and you are able to send a sim­ple short recorded mes­sage. They can re­spond in the same way. It’s a bit like tex­ting... with your voice. Or like and old-fash­ioned walki­etalkie, if you re­mem­ber what that is…


SIRI is smarter in watchOS 5 – the Siri watch face uses ma­chine learn­ing to pre­dict the kind of things you might want to see based on your past be­hav­iour.

It’s clever, and use­ful. And you no longer have to keep say­ing “Hey, Siri” like an id­iot to get Siri to lis­ten to you – just raise your wrist and the mere act of talk­ing sets her off lis­ten­ing…


IF you’re a run­ner, you need this up­date – there are so many in­sight­ful im­prove­ments to the run­ning work­out ses­sion that you’ll won­der how you did with­out out.

It tracks your rolling pace (your speed over the last mile or kilo­me­tre, con­stantly up­dated as you run), and also tracks your ca­dence (how many steps you take per mile or kilo­me­tre). It’s all in­for­ma­tion you can use to im­prove your tech­nique, and bring those times down.

Find out more at ap­ Your de­vice should prompt you when the iOS 12 and watchOS 5 up­dates are avail­able for your de­vice. To up­grade man­u­ally, visit Gen­eral – Soft­ware Up­date in the Set­ting app on your iPhone.

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