Apple WatchOS 3.0 Focuses On Speed Improvements
Apple today announced WatchOS 3.0, a forthcoming update to its wearable platform that will provide speed and usability improvements throughout. Chiefly, Apple says WatchOS 3.0 will allow apps to launch instantly. Moreover, apps will update quickly both in the background and when launched so they display new content as soon as opened. The UI includes a new dock accessed by the side button, and a new control center accessed by sliding up from the bottom of the screen. These new tools make it simpler to access apps and control toggles. Replying to messages offers new options, including smart replies and scribbling directly on the screen. WatchOS makes it easier to switch and change watch faces; initiate workouts; and access notifications. WatchOS 3.0 adds an SOS function that will automatically call 911 with a long-press of the button in times of need. When the call concludes, the Watch will alert emergency contacts complete with medical status and map details about the wearer's location. The revised platform allows users to share fitness data throughout the day, sort of how FitBit lets people see one another's step counts and other progress. The company worked with disability fitness organizations so wheelchair-bound Apple Watch owners can track their activity, too. A new app included in WatchOS 3.0 called Breathe can be used to schedule and perform deep-breathing and calming exercises throughout the day. Last, Apple is making new APIs available to developers to expand the functionality of their own apps, such as including Apple Pay, or accessing speaker audio, embedding inline audio, and more. WatchOS 3.0 will be available to the Apple Watch later this year.
WatchOS 5 Adds More Workouts, Social Challenges, Walkie-Talkie
Apple today provided a preview of watchOS 5 and it bolsters Apple's wearable with a wide range of new features. To start, the wearable now brings new social powers, allowing people to challenge one another to various workouts or simply closing rings.
Apple Releases WatchOS 4.0 for the Apple Watch
Apple today made watchOS 4.0 available to the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 wearables. The platform prioritizes the heart rate monitor.
WatchOS 5 Drops Support for Original Apple Watch
Apple today detailed which of its smartwatch wearables will have access to watchOS 5, and the original Apple Watch is not among them. The new platform, which adds a wide number of new features, will be available to the Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 w/LTE wearables.
Apple Announces WatchOS 4.0
Apple today announced watchOS 4.0, a refresh of its wearable platform. One of the fist items to be added to watchOS 4.0 is a new Siri watch face that includes the owner's personalized data, such as commute times, calendar appointments, reminders, photo memories, weather updates, and more.