Apple launches a walkie talkie! Watch app will let you talk to friends


Talking to your friends and family with an Apple Watch is now as easy as pushing a button. 

Apple has launched a new app in the latest Apple Watch operating system, called watchOS 5, which lets users send quick voice messages to their contacts. 

Dubbed ‘Walkie-Talkie,’ users speak into their Apple Watch in order to send a message. 

Walkie-Talkie is just one of a slew of new features that Apple announced is coming to the Apple Watch at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.  

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Apple has launched a new app in the latest Apple Watch operating system, called watchOS 5, which lets users send quick voice messages to their contacts.

It’s called Walkie-Talkie

‘We’re thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people’s lives,’ said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

‘Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, enhance their fitness and, in how many calories burned hiking cases, detect life-threatening conditions.

‘With the launch of watchOS 5, we’re excited to introduce new activity and communications features that will take the Watch to a whole new level.’   

Each user has to have an Apple Watch in order to communicate with one another in Walkie-Talkie. 

To use it, users press a button on the side of their Apple Watch, speak and the other person will hear what you’re saying. 

Then, the other person can respond with their own message. 

The Siri watchface is getting a major overhaul, with improved sports, maps and heartrate information.

Apple is also revamping the way notifications appear on the Apple Watch face

The Siri watchface is getting a major overhaul, with improved sports, maps and heartrate information. Apple is also revamping the way notifications appear on the Apple Watch face

Most importantly, users no longer have to say 'Hey Siri' in order to wake Siri. Instead, they can just raise their wrist and talk into the watch in order to speak with Apple's digital assistant

Most importantly, users no longer have to say ‘Hey Siri’ in order to wake Siri. Instead, they can just raise their wrist and talk into the watch in order to speak with Apple’s digital assistant

‘This new watch-to-watch connection is fast, personal and can be activated between any compatible Apple Watch users around the world over Wi-Fi or cellular,’ Apple said in a statement. 

Apple added that Walkie-Talkie messages are supposed to be easier than making a phone call, but more personalized than sending a text. 

Walkie-Talkie isn’t the only way that it’ll be easier to communicate with your Apple Watch. 

The Siri watchface is getting a major overhaul, with improved sports, maps and heartrate information. 

Most importantly, users no longer have to say ‘Hey Siri’ in order to wake Siri. 

Apple is also adding WebKit support to the Watch so that users can view certain webpages on their Apple Watch

Apple is also adding WebKit support to the Watch so that users can view certain webpages on their Apple Watch

Now, third party apps can play background audio, which means users can sync their audio books, playlists and guided meditations to their Apple Watch

Instead, they can just raise their wrist and talk into the watch in order to speak with Apple’s digital assistant.  

Shortcuts for Siri are also coming to Apple Watch, which allows users to set custom Siri commands that will appear on their watch.

They can also customize the way buttons appear in the Apple Watch’s Control Center. 

Apple said more third-party apps are coming to the Apple Watch. 

Now, third party apps can play background audio, which means users can sync their audio books, playlists and guided meditations to their Apple Watch, and they’ll play continuously in the background. 

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose on Monday

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose on Monday

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