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Apple is launching a new Pride Edition watch band and watch face

Apple is launching a new Pride Edition watch band and watch face

With the new WatchOS 5, which was revealed Monday at the annual WWDC developer conference, the Siri watch face will provide more information, including live sports scores and heart rate.

Key additions include Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face. These types of challenges are incredibly popular with Fitbit users, and now you'll be able to challenge Apple Watch-wearing friends to 7-day activity competitions. A few other run-tracking tools are included in watchOS 5, including cadence data and rolling mile pace, so you can easily view the pace of your last mile while you're running. The first time you send a message to a friend via Walkie-Talkie, they will have to approve it, but then you can shoot them voice memos any time with the press of a button. This new watch-to-watch connection mode works over both Wi-Fi and cellular.

The Siri watch face will also show actionable content from favourite third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike. With a raise of the wrist, students can gain access to places including the library, dorms and events, and pay for snacks, laundry and dinners around campus simply by adding their ID cards to Wallet on Apple Watch. This is the first time Apple hasn't made a watchOS upgrade available to every generation of the Apple Watch.

With watchOS 5.0, the Apple Watch will also be able to more intelligently detect the beginning and end of workout sessions, automatically logging data if you've hurried out the door and forgot to hit start, while automatically turning off the tracking when it detects that motion has reduced.

One long-requested feature is finally coming in watchOS 5: Podcasts.

Walkie-Talkie is another interesting new WatchOS app.

Additionally, Apple has released new colors of the Beats Powerbeats3, as well as the Beats Solo3.

Since launching in 2015, watchOS hasn't caught on as a major platform for developers, with big names like Instagram, Google Maps, Twitter, Amazon and eBay discontinuing their watch apps.

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