Apple has released details of watchOS 4 to developers at the company’s annual keynote address at WWDC. The new operating system for Apple Watch will come with a Siri-based watch face that changes what information is presented based on your calendar and in other apps. It has a new kaleidoscope watch face as well. Besides that, Apple also announced new watch faces from popular characters Toy Story will be coming to the device.
Apple’s Siri Watch face will show information curated via machine learning. So if you have an appointment coming up for the day, the watch face will show information around that.
What’s more, Apple Watch is getting new monthly challenges in the Activity app. Apple Watch will also work with NFC-enabled gym equipment for sharing statistics from the wearable. Users will be able share heart-rate, work-out data with compatible gym equipment in the future.
Apple Watch-compatible gym equipment will start rolling out this fall, said the company at the WWDC 2017 keynote. Apple’s new Workout app now has auto-sets for pool swim workouts, along with new motion and heart rate algorithms for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.
Apple’s watchOS 4 is also getting a new Music app, which will massively improve the AirPods experience. So now, multiple playlists can be synced including those recommended by Apple Music. The OS also also includes new Bluetooth-pairing features with smart devices, including glucose monitors and smart tennis rackets as well.
A developer preview of watchOS 4 will be available for all Apple Watches starting today. Users should be able to experience all the features later this year.
Apple watchOS 4 will also bring the option of person to person payments with Apple Pay. Apple said their watch continues to be the number one selling smartwatch in the market, though of course, the wearable market is in serious trouble and hasn’t really seen the kind of growth that was expected. Apple has officially never revealed the number of Apple Watch devices sold.