Apple watchOS 4 to emphasize workouts, Siri and Apple Music

Elizabeth Williams
June 6, 2017

If you're more interested in neat visuals than a stream of information, you can use the kaleidoscope watch face instead. The face dynamically updates with information and also supports third party apps. Apple Watch-enabled equipment is rolling out this fall says Apple, while the company displayed brand names like LifeFitness and StairMaster. Your Apple Watch can now connect to these machines and sync data with it.

It will also include updates to the Activity and Workout apps, new integrations for the Music app, as well as minor updates to the smartwatch's UI. Updates to the Activity app reflect that usage. They may seem like small changes, but Apple obviously felt the need to add more inspirational tools into the Activity app to keep its native app fresh and competitive. WatchOS 4 also adds some new workouts such as high intensity interval training and includes some updates to the workouts for swimming. The Music app for the Apple Watch has been updated to offer a personalized experience. The company has addressed the problems with gym equipment as well with WatchOS 4. If you're using a treadmill, elliptical, or other machine that can connect to an NFC-enabled device, you can pair the Apple Watch to it so you can see information like heart rate directly on the machine. And if you're the sort who can't start a run without some music, you can pick a playlist that automatically starts alongside your routine.

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The developer preview of watchOS 4 is available today, with a free upgrade for all users this fall, when a new version of the Watch itself will likely debut.

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