Apple announces watchOS 4 with new watchfaces, improved Workouts, and more

Nichole Vega
June 6, 2017

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The watchOS 4 will be available as a free update to the Apple Watches that can be paired with iPhone 5s and later on iOS 11.

WatchOS 4: What's new?

Apple has unveiled watchOS 4, the updated version of its wearable operating system, bringing in a bevvy of watch faces and a Siri smart watch face. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash™ account and can use it instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps, or transfer it to their bank account. And it will give you a "trippy effect" with kaleidoscope faces.

Other watch faces include more characters from the Toy Story as three new characters have joined Micky and Minnie. These are all features many other fitness trackers have, including Fitbit devices.

John Ternus, veep of hardware engineering, called out the compute power of Apple's forthcoming iMac Pro by noting how its Radeon Vega GPU would be helpful for machine learning. Can a Siri watch face be better? New monthly challenges, for example, will focus on a variety of broader personal fitness achievements that you'll be able to complete within a designated calendar month.

There's also new full-face album art designs arranged in a deck of cards that are easier to swipe through.

You will see a sparkly animation when you've filled your rings in Activity. The Apple Watch Series 2 introduced swim tracking to the smartwatch, and according to Apple, users have been doing so many laps in the pool that they've expanded on this feature. Auto Sets will detect when you're taking a rest poolside before coming back in. This is useful for getting accurate timings. We're enabling, for the first time, two-way data exchange in real time with gym equipment. Person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash will be available in the USA on iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro®, iPad® 5th generation, iPad Air® 2, iPad mini™ 3 and later and Apple Watch. Your heart rate is read by the watch and is sent to the equipment, and data and speed and other data is sent to your watch.

The Music app on Apple Watch has been redesigned. You can autoplay a music playlist when starting a workout. The messaging app will also support person-to-person payments. You have the ability to do multiple workouts in a single session as well.

Users who do a lot of gym training will appreciate the new NFC feature that lets Apple Watches share information with gym equipment. Apple's more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. Intuitive controls involving the Digital Crown has been added as well.

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