Hands-on: 50 new watchOS 5 changes and features [Video]

We’ve spent some considerable hands-on time with the watchOS 5 beta, comparing it with watchOS 4 in order to discover what’s new. Have a look at our hands-on video as we walk through 50 new changes and features that are headed to the Apple Watch.







  • Activity app competitions
  • New Activity app Awards tab
  • Start workout/end workout reminder
    • Two new workouts for Hiking and Yoga
    • Automatic Workout detection
    • New button design
    • Smaller in-progress workout icon
    • Rolling miles (splits of preceding miles)
    • Pace alerts
    • Cadence – steps per minute (SPM)

    • Access Notification Center from inside apps
    • Grouped notifications
    • Instant manage notifications
    • Access Control Center from inside apps
    • Rearrange Control Center toggles
    • Airplane mode toggle colors
    • Connect directly to a Wi-Fi network
      • New Walkie Talkie app
      • New Walkie Talkie complication
      • New Podcast app
      • New Podcast complication
      • Ask Siri to play podcasts
        • Peach color
        • Flash Light color
        • Denim Blue color
        • Updated Siri watch face
        • New Gray color option for Siri face
          • Add or remove cities
          • Tap to switch between rain, condition and temperature
          • Scroll down to view air quality, uv index, wind speed, and 10-day forecast
            • Different location list color scheme
            • Add and remove cities
            • Sunrise and sunset text replace glyphs
              • Updated custom button color and size
              • Recents with custom timers
                • New “checking for mail” text on pull to refresh
                • New “last updated” text at top of inbox
                • View web content previously not viewable on watch
                • New Send and cancel buttons when composing new email
                • New redesigned buttons when filling in Mail fields
                  • Website data settings
                  • Rearranged Text Size settings
                  • Prominent Haptics switch removed
                    • Messages – Updated button layout
                    • Stocks app – Add and remove stocks
                    • Phone app – Updated Keypad + button
                    • Maps – Smaller Nearby Locations text fields
                    • Find My Friends – Updated buttons
                      • Dock – New red remove button for app cards
                      • Enhanced Do Not Disturb
                      • Student ID Cards
                      • Just raise your wrist and speak, no Hey Siri needed

                      Apple has temporarily pulled the watchOS 5 beta in order to address issue with it. We will update you once it reappears on the developer portal. In the meantime, tell us, what’s your favorite new watchOS 5 feature? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts and opinions.


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