Apple announces watchOS 4
Apple has announced watchOS 4, bringing with it more intelligence and fitness features to the Apple Watch.
The watchOS 4 comes with the following features:
Proactive Siri watch face
Displays updated information based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News app for Apple Watch.
Personalized Activity coaching
Users will receive a personalized notification if they’re close to earning an Achievement, or suggest what they can do to match yesterday’s activity levels. Users will also receive unique Monthly Challenges designed just for them.
Redesigned music app
Automatically syncs your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix and most listened to music.
Updated Workout app
The updated Workout app now includes auto-sets for pool swim workouts and new motion and heart rate algorithms for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. With watchOS 4, customers doing back-to-back workouts or training for a triathlon can combine multiple workouts to capture overall calorie and time measurements.
Customers using their favorite cardio equipment will soon be able to pair their Apple Watch directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Life Fitness and Technogym with a simple tap.
Person to Person Payments
Users may soon make and receive person to person payments with Apple Pay within Messages or using Siri.When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account and can use it instantly to send to someone or make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps, or transfer it to their bank account.
New Watch Faces and Bands
watchOS 4 comes with new watch faces like Toy Story and Kaleidoscope. To compliment the new features, Apple also introduced new summer band colors, vibrant Sports Bands, a bright yellow Classic Buckle and Nike Sport Band options, and Pride Edition Woven Nylon in rainbow stripe.
watchOS 4 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch paired with iPhone 5s and later on iOS 11.