WATCHOS UPDATE: Apple's new Watch update is inbound
Apple Watch owners have reason to be excited, with Apple announcing a number of new features heading towards its market leading wearable.
Making the announcement during its WWDC 2017 keynote, the Cupertino company unveiled an all new Apple Watch powering operating system, watch OS 4.
The fourth-generation software, which will be available for download later this year, will introduce a number of new features, including enhanced fitness tools and a mass of must-try new watch faces.
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With a new vertically scrolling dock and native core Bluetooth support coming to the wearable, Apple Watch owners are set to gain a number of new features.
Most visible amongst these improvements will be the new watch faces.
While a number of new faces are coming, including an eye-grabbing kaleidoscope offering, the first Siri-enhanced watch face is arguably the biggest.
“Apple Watch is great for quickly glancing at information, and now we’ve created a new watch face that’s powered by Siri,” Apple’s Vice President of Technology, Kevin Lynch said in making the announcement.
This new Siri face will evolve throughout the day learning how you use your watch to present the most relevant information at all time, all without you having to lift a finger.
“We are using machine learning to configure based on the apps that you use and when you use them,” Lynch explained.
“Whenever you raise your wrist, the face will adapt. At the end of the day I might see when the sun is going to set and Home controls you usually use.”
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TOY STORY: Apple now offers Toy Story Apple Watch faces
While the new, intelligent Siri watch face is a headline grabber, perhaps the most exciting of the new watch faces are those that are sure to appeal to Disney fans.
With the Apple Watch having long offered Mickey Mouse-themed watch faces, the wearable is now expanding to adopt new Disney Pixar characters, namely those from Toy Story.
“Mickey and Mini have been a big hit on Apple Watch, and I’m pleased to announce that Woody, Jessy and Buzz are coming to the Apple Watch,” Lynch revealed.
“Whenever you raise your wrist with a Toy Story face, you’ll see a range of vignettes.”
These include fun animations such as Woody claiming into frame or Buzz being his usual cocky self.
Faces aside, the revamped Apple Watch software will also offer enhanced music-playback options, with improved Apple Music syncing letting the watch push suggested playlists too you throughout the day depending on what situation you’re in.
Elsewhere, Apple Watches are set to add native Bluetooth support, letting you sync your wearable directly to a number of accessories.
These include everything from glucose monitors and tennis rackets to surf boards and, using cross device syncing, a range of gym equipment.
These gym synced devices will let your watch and running machines or static bikes share data for more accurate fitness tracking.
On top of this, Apple is opening up improved support for background apps and a new watch-based flashlight in the control centre.
Although Apple will have Apple Watch owners excited for this mass of new features, unfortunately we’re all going to have to wait a little while longer.
The Cupertino-based company has confirmed that the watchOS 4 update will not be released until this autumn.