WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC
The Apple Watch is arguably the most successful wearable to date. A large part of that can be owed to watchOS, the custom tuned software running on the device. At their annual WWDC conference today, Apple announced the next iteration of the operating system: watchOS 4.
As with every watchOS update, Apple is including some new watch faces for the wearable. However, the standout face with this update is one powered by Siri. This watch face will dynamically display information pertinent to the wearer based on Siri’s AI. The face can update throughout the day as weather changes or as appointments move around. There were other watch faces announced as well, including some featuring characters from Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” movies.
The Activity app for the Apple Watch is getting a few updates as well. Monthly challenges will come to help wearers set fitness goals and track their progress throughout the month while setting a slight bump in activity level as a proverbial carrot on a stick to push users physically. In addition, several fitness equipment manufacturers, such as Schwinn and Stairmaster, will offer new machines that can sync with the Apple Watch via NFC for improved fitness tracking accuracy.
The Watch’s Music app will bring automatic playlist syncing and an overhauled design for improved vertical scrolling. The app will also automatically start a selected playlist once the Workout app is launched, which makes setting a soundtrack for exercising much easier. Speaking of Workout, it can now be launched via a Quick Start feature and will come with a slight tweak to the UI that makes switching between workouts simpler.
The update to watchOS 4 will be available later this Fall.
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