Take a hands-on look at the Walkie-Talkie app with watchOS 5 beta 2

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One of the Apple Watch's new compelling features.
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One of the big features of Apple’s watchOS 5 is the Apple Watch’s Talkie-Talkie app feature, which makes it easier to communicate with your friends from the comfort of your wrist.

While the feature won’t officially launched until later this year, it is fully operational in Apple’s newly launched watchOS 5 beta. Want to see how it works? Check out the video below.

Get a hands-on look at watchOS 5’s new Apple Watch features

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We've had time to play with the developer beta of watchOS 5, here's what's new.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Even if you already saw the WWDC 2018 keynote where Apple showed off watchOS 5, there are tons of features that got brushed over — and some did not get mentioned at all.

As is our duty, we installed the first developer beta of watchOS 5 and gave it a full run-through so we can show you all the new features in action. Check out the video below.

Parkinson’s disease symptoms tracking is coming to Apple Watch

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ResearchKit is getting better at tracking Parkinson's disease.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of MacYour Apple Watch will soon be able to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a new API from Apple.

Details of Apple’s big software updates are still flowing out of the San Jose convention center as Apple dives into the details during sessions. During its session on advances in research and card frameworks Tuesday the company revealed it’s developed a new Movement Disorder API that could be groundbreaking for people with the disease.

watchOS 5 beta 1 apparently bricking some Apple Watches

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Apple withdrew the initial developer beta of watchOS 5 because of an unspecified but significant problem.
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The very first beta version of watchOS 5 launched yesterday, but was pulled this evening after reports it was mucking up people’s devices.

It’s not clear yet exactly what the problem is, but Apple’s vague description seems to indicate that Watches were getting bricked. 

Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote is now streaming on YouTube

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Tim Cook made WWDC 2018 a software-focused event.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Didn’t have a chance to catch Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote yet? Well, you could read our summary, or if you want to watch the entire thing, Apple just uploaded it to YouTube.

Tim Cook and the gang busted out a bunch of new software during the keynote. iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5 all got their moment to shine with new features, UI changes and plenty of surprises.

Watch all the action right here:

Speed through the WWDC 2018 keynote with sketchnotes

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Sketchnotes deliver all the WWDC 2018 keynote highlights the easy, visual way.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac It is always exciting to capture the WWDC keynote in sketchnotes, and this year I filled up four pages of my notebook with drawings showcasing the biggest new features coming in iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5.

As seen in my first sketchnote, above, iOS 12 makes performance on both old and new devices a priority. ARKit 2 brings more augmented reality goodness to Apple devices, including the ability for up to four people to share the same AR space at the same time.

For a quick and easy recap of the rest of the WWDC 2018 keynote highlights — plus a bonus sketchnote that proved kind of prescient — check out the rest below.

watchOS 5 is ready to push Apple Watch into the future

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watchOS 5 makes Apple Watch more useful than ever.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Apple is adding more ways for Apple Watch wearers to stay active and connected with watchOS 5, its biggest software update for its wearable in 2018.

Developers got an early preview of watchOS 5 today at WWDC 2018 and it’s packed with UI tweaks and a bevy of new features that make Apple Watch a better exercise companion and communication device.

Get ready to win WWDC 2018 with keynote bingo card

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WWDC 2018 kicks off on June 4.
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Apple’s first big keynote of 2018 is just a few days away and the cliché catchphrases are about to fly.

Keynote bingo has been a longheld tradition of Apple keynotes and WWDC 2018 is no exception. You can win next month’s game with the new WWDC 2018 keynote bingo card generator.

Check out what the cards look like — and print out your own to get in on the action!