Apple has announced watchOS, the next major update to Apple Watch software. It includes comprehensive app redesigns and a new way to view information across different watch faces. Here’s what’s new.
Watch face: Any watch face now reveals widgets in a smart stack; this lets watch faces without complications more informative with just a spin of the Digital Crown
Widgets can also include groups of complications
Two new faces: Pallete, a color-focused face, and Snoopy & Woodstuck from Peanuts
Apps: World Clock now includes background colors based on time of day
Workout app includes new trophy case and full-screen videos for each Activity ring
Third-party apps are being redesigned with full-screen layouts Workout: Apple Watch can connect to cycling power accessories over Bluetooth to improve workout tracking Power zones based on FTP is coming to cycling workout tracking Cycling workouts become a Live Activity on iPhone when tracked from Apple Watch; tapping the Live Activity takes over iPhone display to view speed and workout metrics while cycling Hiking experience upgraded with Compass; cellular connection waypoint shows last connection to cellular; emergency waypoint shows where you can call from any carrier network; 3D view of waypoints Maps on Compass enhanced with trail routes and topographical view Workout APIs for developers allows third-party apps to access high-frequency motion data to improve golf and tennis tracking Health: Mental health focus with state of mind logging on iPhone and iPad in Health app; data from watch can put this into better context Standardized assessments […]