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watchOS 5 is the fifth major release of watchOS for the Apple Watch series developed and distributed by Apple Inc. It was announced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference alongside iOS 12, tvOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

New features

watchOS 5 introduces WebKit integration. Though not directly accessible, users can visit webpages through WebKit's browser engine by using Messages to send themselves a URL and then clicking the URL.[1]

Product history

watchOS 5 is derived from iOS 12; both were announced on June 4, 2018 during the keynote address at WWDC 2018, when it became available to developers. It was released to the public on September 20, 2018.

Supported models

* Support ended for the original Apple Watch (Series "zero").

Release history

Obsolete / unsupported   Discontinued   Current   Beta  
watchOS 5.x releases[2]
watchOS
version
iOS version
based on
Build Release date Features
5.0 12.0 16R364 September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17) Initial Release on Apple Watch Series 4.
  • Workout
    • Compete with Friends notifications
    • Auto detect workout and notification to turn off workout when done
    • New workouts: Yoga and Hiking
    • Pace Alerts and Cadence
  • Podcasts
    • New app for WatchOS
    • Download episodes of podcasts for listening
    • Stream your favorite podcasts on the go (Series 3 and later only)
  • Walkie-Talkie
    • A new watchOS app that allows you to do FaceTime Audio calls similar to talking on a walkie-talkie
  • Siri
    • Watchface adds 3rd-party access to Siri
    • Raise to Speak. No longer need to say "Hey Siri" to activate (Series 3 and later only)
    • Integrate with shortcuts like "I am on my way home" and Siri will start playing your favorite playlist on the way home
  • Notifications
    • Grouped notifications
    • More actions you can do with Notifications
    • Can view webpages from iMessages
  • Do Not Disturb
    • Can schedule Do Not Disturb events when leaving a location or just for a specific time period
  • Student ID Cards
5.0.1 12.0 16R381/16R382 September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27) * Improvements and bug fixes
5.1 12.1 16R591 October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30) Update withdrawn due to reports of Apple Watches no longer working after the update.[3]
5.1.1 12.1 16R600 November 5, 2018 (2018-11-05) * Addresses a problem in the WatchOS 5.1 update leading to non-functional Apple Watches.
  • Improvements to Series 4 automatic fall detection.
  • Resolves a problem with completing setup of Walkie-Talkie.
  • Resolves a problem with sending and receiving invitations for Walkie-Talkie.
  • Resolves missing earned Activity awards.
  • Other improvements and bug fixes
5.1.2 12.1.1 16S46 December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06) * New ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4 (US and US territories only)
  • Irregular rhythm notification (US and US territories only)
  • AFiB notification
  • Other improvements and bug fixes
5.1.3 12.1.3 16S535 January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22) * This update includes improvements and bug fixes.
5.2 12.2 16T225 March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27) * ECG app extended to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK
  • Irregular rhythm notification extended to countries listed above
  • 2nd gen AirPods support
  • Real-time text support for phone calls
5.2.1 12.3 16U113 May 13, 2019 (2019-05-13) * ECG app extended to Croatia, Czech, Iceland, Poland, and Slovakia
  • Irregular rhythm notification extended to countries listed above
  • New Pride watch face
  • Other bug fixes
5.3 12.4 16U569 July 22, 2019 (2019-07-22) * ECG app extended to Canada and Singapore
  • Irregular rhythm notification extended to countries listed above
  • Resolved: Security fix for Walkie-Talkie app that could enable the owner's iPhone to be eavesdropped[4]
5.3.1 12.4.1 16U600 August 26, 2019 (2019-08-26) * Re-patches a security vulnerability that was accidentally unpatched in the previous update
Post-watchOS 6 Updates for watches paired with an iOS 12.x iPhone (to support iPhone 5S and iPhone 6)
5.3.2 12.4.2 16U611 September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26) Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 only.
  • Security update for Series 1 and Series 2 watches[5]
5.3.3 12.4.3 16U620 October 29, 2019 (2019-10-29) Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 only.
  • Important security updates
5.3.4 12.4.4 16U627[6] December 10, 2019 (2019-12-10) * Security update for Series 1, 2, 3, and 4 watches[7]
5.3.5 12.4.5 16U652[8] February 18, 2020 (2020-02-18) * Update for Series 1, 2, 3, and 4 watches with heart rhythm notification bug fix[9]
5.3.6 12.4.6 16U662 March 24, 2020 (2020-03-24) * Important security updates [10]
5.3.7 12.4.7 16U674 May 18, 2020 (2020-05-18) * Improvements and bug fixes [11]

References

External links

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