During today's WWDC in San Jose, Apple announced WatchOS 4, a major system update for its smartwatch that will add support for Siri and a revamped user interface to bring users information more efficiently. It is available in developer preview from today and will be coming to all users this autumn.
Individually, these new features aren't exactly earth-shattering. Apple is also introducing a new Siri watch face that will display a timeline of relevant information decided upon by machine learning. As such, the Series 2 has gone on to become the market leader, with sales far in advance of any individual Android Wear device.
Once again, Apple has improved its Activity app with a new iteration. It'll tell you what time the sunset is and give you options to control HomeKit enabled products, in line with that time of day.
WatchOS 4's new app, GymKit, fitness fanatics can pair their Watch with certain gym equipment like treadmills, indoor bikes, and more, with manufacturers now signed up incuding Life Fitness and Technogym. Apple is introducing monthly goals and will deliver notifications to users that are approaching new streaks, in the hope of boosting motivation. Apple Watch, additionally, will tap into your workout history and suggest milestones accordingly.
And finally, there's a new High Intensity Interval Training workout available that uses your heart rate to push you to your limits. The GymKit app will allow users to connect their Apple Watch directly to the ellipticals, indoor bikes, treadmills, and other gym equipment global companies such as the Technogym and Life Fitness manufacture. This will work through NFC.
Many users get the most out of their Apple Watch when they use it during exercise.
Apple's four software platforms - iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS - provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.
The Apple Watch user will get an alert if they are poised to earn Achievements. We're not so sure about this, but go on... Apple has also teamed up with Disney once again to bring watch faces of Woody, Jesse and Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise to the Apple Watch.