Apple’s WWDC 2017 developer conference is underway, and they started things off by announcing watchOS 4, the companies next version of its smartwatch operating system. Among the list of new features is updated watchfaces, which give complications updating based on the time of day or location, and even a new Siri-based watchface. When looking at the Siri watchface, it uses machine learning to determine what information is most useful to you at a given timeframe. This is similar to Google Now, and it can display things like flight boarding passes, time of sunset, or smarthome control.
There is also a kaleidoscope watchface, as well as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz character watchfaces from the Toy Story movie franchise.
Fitness tracking gets a huge update in watchOS 4, with a new user interface for the workout app and even NFVC integrations with gym equipment manufactures. Some information that could be given to users via this new integration includes incline and intensity, which will provide better accuracy while tracking workouts.
Music management is also improved, with the Apple Watch having the ability to automatically import Apple Music playlists, while being able to support multiple playlists at once. There is also a redesigned dock with a vertical interface for scrolling through recent apps.
While watchOS 4 isn’t as dramatic as watchOS 3 was, it is still a welcome improvement that will enhance the user experience of the Apple Watch. Developers have access to a preview of watchOS 4 today, while a public release will be starting in the fall.
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