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Apple Watch ($ 399 at Apple) are learning some new tricks in . Apple announced its latest software updates every June and gives a glimpse of the new features coming to the Apple Watch. The update is slated for this fall and includes a host of new watch faces, new workout options, and natural sleep tracking – the last to be for several years.
These features will only be compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 ($ 199 at Apple) however, and up and some of the features are Series 5 only. Here’s a breakdown of the 10 key new Apple Watch features announced at WWDC 2020.
Natural sleep tracking has finally arrived
The wait is over. Apple Watch users will eventually be able to put their watch to bed and track their sleep without having to download a third-party app. WatchOS 7 also helps users to go to bed on time by providing a wayfrom day to gentle bedtime routine. Once in bed, Apple Watch uses the motion and heart rate sensors to determine when you go to bed and turn off all notifications. In the morning, you can look back at your sleep cycle to see if you wake up in the middle of the night and see your progress over time.
To track sleep, the Apple Watch needs to charge at least 30%, and it will need to recharge when you wake up. Once your Apple Watch is fully charged, you’ll get a notification on your phone that it’s ready to go.
‘New’ workouts and fitness apps
That Zumba class might show you’ve burned more calories in WatchOS 7. Apple added dancing, core training, functional strength, and cooldowns to the above list of workout options. Clock. Therefore, the Watch’s algorithm is specifically tailored for these exercises and tracks calories more accurately.
Cyclists will also receive a new navigation feature in Apple Maps that allows them to choose routes based on their arrival time, total distance or number of hills.
The Activity app, which houses your activity ringer and the day summary, has been renamed in WatchOS 7. It will be called the Fitness app on both Apple Watch and iPhone. While the app is still very similar to the one on the Watch, it’s been slightly redesigned on the iPhone. It has a more comprehensive summary page and a more intuitive way to find your stats at a glance.
WatchOS 7 helps you be honest about hand washing
You know, we’re living through some interesting times when hand washing is getting almost airtime like sleep tracking during speech. Apple Watch will use the motion sensor and microphone to find out when you’re washing your hands and make sure you’re doing it right. When it is determined that you are at the sink, it will start a 20-second countdown, which is the optimal duration based on CDC guidelines. It can even remind you to do it as soon as you step inside the house.
Other health features
WatchOS 7 is taking the Noise app a step further by extending noise alerts to headphones level. The Apple Watch monitors the ambient noise and warns the user when it reaches levels that can affect hearing loss. But now it works similarly when you are listening to audio through the headphones from your iPhone, iPod or Apple Watch. You will receive an alert if you have exceeded the recommended listening time or volume set by the World Health Organization.
There’s also a new health indicator that can help users understand their motor and cardiovascular abilities. Old age or injury can affect a person’s balance and overall ability to move safely and efficiently. The Apple Watch uses its motion sensors (as well as the motion sensors on the iPhone) to get an image of how it will look over time, similar to the “6 minute walk test” you take. usually received in the laboratory. If this data is shared with your doctor, it may help detect movement problems before they reach your health level.
Share and discover new watch faces
Apple still does not allowBut there will be more ways to by customizing existing templates or adding multiple complications from the same application. Watch wearers can also share watch faces with each other via text, email, or social media, or explore other looks managed by specific companies.
The Apple Watch also gets a new Chronograph Pro option, has an analog tachometer that measures speed and distance, and has a huge text option and a new photo filter. And you will be able to add new features for camera, remote control, and sleep modeapplication.
The car key feature turns your watch into an important key
With updates, your Apple Watch can become an important key to your car. You won’t be able to grant permissions to car keys like on an iPhone, but you’ll be able to accept them if they’re shared with you through the Wallet app. The car key feature will only be available on Apple Watch Series 5 and up (assuming we get itin fall), and will only be compatible with now.
Other iOS features
- Apple Watch has inline replies to the Messages app
- Siri can re-read your text when connected to a headset
- Apple Watch will have a translation app that will allow users to translate an entire conversation.