Apple announces watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with Siri watch face, connectivity with gym equi...

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in Apple Watch edited June 2017
The next generation of Apple Watch software was unveiled on Monday in the form of watchOS 4, a major update that will include new watch faces, including one driven by the Siri personal assistant. Other additions include connectivity with gym equipment, and support for syncing multiple playlists.




The new Siri watch face offers a scrollable list of upcoming events and tasks. By rotating the watch's Digital Crown, users can view calendar events, passes from Wallet, weather, sunrise and sunset times, HomeKit scenes, and more.

watchOS 4 will also include a new kaleidoscope face, featuring symmetrical patterns that slowly change throughout the day. And new Toy Story watch faces feature popular characters Woody, Jessie and Buzz performing a variety of vignettes every time you raise your wrist.

Apple is also improving the Activity tracking feature of the Apple Watch with progress alerts personalized to the user. There will also be new monthly challenges, and celebrations that vary in size based on how difficult the milestone is.




Apple is also enhancing pool swim workouts with auto-sets, which are created every time the user takes a rest.

In the Workout app, Apple has added a new high intensity interval training option. Users can also add a new workout while in the midst of one, for example switch from running to cycling without the need to stop the workout.

watchOS 4 is also enhanced with two-way data exchange with gym equipment. Users will be able to tap their Apple Watch on an NFC reader on gym equipment.




In an example by watchOS chief Kevin Lynch, he said heart rate could be measured by the watch, while speed and distance data could be collected by the treadmill.

The new feature will be supported by the largest gym manufacturers in the world, including LifeFitness and StairMaster. It will begin rolling out in gym equipment this fall.




Finally, Apple announced it will be updating the Music app in watchOS 4 with the ability to automatically sync music based on what the user likes to listen to. Albums that are synced can be scrolled through with the Digital Crown, viewing the album art while scrolling.

And, in a long-awaited feature, watchOS 4's Music app will add support for multiple playlists, allowing users to sync more music natively to their Apple Watch.

watchOS 4 is set to launch this fall. It will be available in beta form for developers to test in the interim.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    haywoodhaywood Posts: 9member
    I was hoping that they would add sleep tracking.  I still have to wear my Fitbit at night for sleep stats.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 671member
    haywood said:
    I was hoping that they would add sleep tracking.  I still have to wear my Fitbit at night for sleep stats.
    I find Sleep Cycle on the phone to be a good sleep tracker.  I am sure the Fitbit or watch sensors can give you additional good info.    I think I would find it hard to sleep with the watch on.
    gregoriusm
  • Reply 3 of 7
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 461member
    Maybe I'm not old enough to be jaded yet, but I'm genuinely excited about most things Apple has announced today 
    gregoriusmStrangeDayswatto_cobracali
  • Reply 4 of 7
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,586member
    Cool stuff. Since I currently do HIIT sessions own my own I'm curious how they will be designed on wOS. I do a couple minutes warm up, then 1 minute on followed by 1 minute off, for 20-27 minutes, followed by a cool down.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    bestkeptsecretbestkeptsecret Posts: 3,392member
    haywood said:
    I was hoping that they would add sleep tracking.  I still have to wear my Fitbit at night for sleep stats.

    It probably needs new hardware, so possibly an event in Fall. Pure speculation on my part.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    rossb2rossb2 Posts: 52member
    Apple watch first gen owner. I was hoping we would get a watch face store this time around. Was hoping for that on OS3 too. Disappointed again. Android wear has a watch face store with around 4000 faces. It seems strange that Apple has such a pathetic offering on faces. Not a big fan of the mickey/toy story comedy faces. Personally, not sure i would use the Siri face. I tend to rely on notifications. 

    I do find myself looking at competing Android watches, due to the lack of watch faces on the Apple watch, but not bought one, as most of them have poor build quality and materials. The Tag Heuer connect is interesting, although expensive. Was looking at that the other day, but was not happy with the straps.


  • Reply 7 of 7
    k2kwk2kw Posts: 1,807member
    rossb2 said:
    Apple watch first gen owner. I was hoping we would get a watch face store this time around. Was hoping for that on OS3 too. Disappointed again. Android wear has a watch face store with around 4000 faces. It seems strange that Apple has such a pathetic offering on faces. Not a big fan of the mickey/toy story comedy faces. Personally, not sure i would use the Siri face. I tend to rely on notifications. 

    I do find myself looking at competing Android watches, due to the lack of watch faces on the Apple watch, but not bought one, as most of them have poor build quality and materials. The Tag Heuer connect is interesting, although expensive. Was looking at that the other day, but was not happy with the straps.


    Does the Siri Face stop working if you put your phone in AirPlane Mode or lose your connection (Wifi and Cell) to the internet.    That's how the real SIRI works.
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