Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Apple shows off watchOS 4

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Clarence Schmidt | 07 June, 2017, 06:10

Apple on Monday unveiled a new software update for the Apple Watch that brings new watch faces, additional fitness features, and more.

For instance, a new Siri watch face aims to predict information you'll need throughout your day.

Aside from the Siri watch face, a partnership with Toy Story allows for an animated watch face featuring the characters, while another face will let you create some impressive kaleidoscope images from your photos.

The Activity app has also gotten a minor update with watchOS 4. There are new modes, like a swimming-centric mode with automatic sets and one for high-intensity, back-to-back workouts. In addition, Apple has partnered with several fitness equipment manufacturers to enable two-way real-time data exchange between the Apple Watch and gym equipment.

Fitness is also an important theme in watchOS 4. For Crossfitters or triathletes there's also the ability to easilt add a different workout to the same session for those involved in multiple activities. It's arriving for developers today.

Health will also be a priority; particularly following recent sightings of Tim Cook sporting a prototype Apple Watch with a blood sugar tracker, and similar reports suggesting the company was looking to sell a glucose sensor to help those with diabetes. Here are the most important new features. Your Apple Watch can now connect to these machines and sync data with it. Moreover, by linking your watchOS 4-powered device with a compatible piece of gym equipment, you'll also be able to get a more accurate reporting of heart-rate, incline, and other key details about your workout.

The tech giant is debuting a Siri watchface - or "Siri Face" - that can change dynamically based on your routines and the apps that you use. There's also support for audio recording in the background navigation, screen auto-rotate and native Core Bluetooth. First of all, Activity's notifications on watchOS 4 will be more personalized to you, your activity history and goals, trying its best to motivate and keep you on the winning streak.

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