Apple releases watchOS 5 for Apple Watch

watchOS 5

On Monday, Apple released watchOS 5 for Apple Watch. The update, first announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, is available over-the-air.


WatchOS 5, with a build number of 16R364, requires iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or later. It’s compatible with every Apple Watch version except the first-generation model, including:

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4

New features

The new update includes new workout features, including Activity Competitions, Auto-Workout Detection, Ability to track cadence (steps per minute), as well as a pace alarm for outdoor runs to help users keep up with their target pace, and Added Yoga and Hiking workouts.

Other features and improvement include interactive notifications, Student ID cards, Podcasts, Walkie-Talkie, and web-view for links. There’s also an expanded Siri watch face and four new faces.

Moving ahead

Come back to iDB in the coming days and weeks for more information on watchOS 5. We’ll be publishing new tutorials about the update’s newest features soon.