Apple reveals watchOS 4 at WWDC '17

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland

The Activity app introduces monthly challenges while the Workout app has a simpler Quick Start feature and automatic sets for pool swims. The Workout app comes with a brand-new interface with tap and go functionality, swimming support and auto-generated goals.

For instance, a new Siri watch face aims to predict information you'll need throughout your day. The Siri watchface, as the name suggests, learns from your routine, and shows relevant information based on time and your location.

Apple is also bring kaleidoscopic faces to the Watch - something it describes as "trippy". Of course, Apple likes to find the best way to do something and only offer that to consumers, but in some cases allowing the user full control is more satisfying. The news app is self-explanatory, with it you'll be able to get all the headlines right to your wrist.

After Apple splashed out and bought Beddit, a company that specialises in sleep tracking, an update to enhance sleep tracking was always going to be expected. These are workouts built around periods of intense activity followed by recovery periods and are seen as a more effective workout over a shorter period of time compared to steady-state exercise, such as jogging. This feature will afford users a more accurate and comprehensive breakdown of their workout statistics. A more powerful Workout feature with High Intensity Interval Training and multiple workouts in a single session will be added.

Apple Watch will now be able to use near-field communication to interact with gym equipment to pull stats such as incline and speed.

You can automatically get Apple music mixes, with album art. This is a feature many heart rate monitoring chest straps have, but not many modern smartwatches or fitness trackers.

Even if we don't see the Apple Watch 3 announced at WWDC 2017, watchOS 4 could be a seriously big deal for Apple wearable fans. Music playlists can be set to start with workouts in the Workout app, too.

The Apple App Store is also getting a revamp, picking up clues from Apple Music's design which has apparently been successful with the public.

Listening to music is more personal than ever with a redesigned Music app that automatically syncs your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix and most listened to music. Native core bluetooth support, for example, is coming to Apple Watch. The feature will be available in the fall.

WatchOS 4 will be made available this fall as a free update.

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