Get Ready for watchOS 5

Build your apps for watchOS to bring users timely information and give them an easy way to complete quick actions no matter where they are. And now with watchOS 5 and Apple Watch Series 4, you can deliver even better user experiences with enriched complications, interactive notifications, access to the Siri watch face, audio controls, and more.

Apple Watch Series 4

Your apps can now take advantage of the expanded display on Apple Watch Series 4 to show even more information and detail at a glance. And with enriched complications on the new Infograph and Infograph Modular watch faces, you can create vivid, full-color enriched complications.

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Interactive Notifications

Make your app notifications more interactive with customized controls that let users take actions directly within the notification without opening the app. Users can check in and add the boarding pass for an upcoming flight or update time or party size for a restaurant reservation, right from within the notification.

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Access to the Siri Watch Face

Siri uses machine learning and relevance algorithms to understand inputs, past behavior, and routines associated with your app's users in order to show timely content or provide Siri Shortcuts — right when they're needed. To take action, users can simply raise their wrist and tap the Siri watch face or say customized commands to Siri.

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New Audio Background Mode

Audio apps can now run in the background. Users can play locally-synced playlists or podcasts while on the go, download playlists and episodes to Apple Watch, transfer files from iPhone to Apple Watch, control playback using Apple Watch, and choose which Bluetooth audio device to play to.

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Audio Controls

Add audio controls within your app to let users easily adjust the volume and skip, pause, or resume play.

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Enhanced Workout Session APIs

A new workout API simplifies workout app development, ensures improved data accuracy, and enables more robust app performance.

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Parkinson’s Disease Research

An upcoming API will give developers and researchers access to custom algorithms based on accelerometer and gyroscope data so they can create tools that help doctors and patients better understand patients’ tremor and dyskinesia symptoms in response to treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

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