The Apple Watch Is Getting a Big Upgrade Soon

Woman hands and Black Apple Watch Sport

Woman hands and Black Apple Watch Sport

Apple has collaborated with fitness brands like Life Fitness, Cybex, Schwinn, Startrac, and StairMaster. The Siri watch face is created to automatically display information that is most relevant to the user such as the weather, traffic updates or even a daily schedule reminder. Other new options include Toy Story-themed faces and a kaleidoscope background.

The Activity app will receive updates with some flair for celebrating your milestones.

If that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, there's also a new flashlight application coming. The Pool Swim workout gains the ability to automatically break up laps between rests at the edge of the pool, and a new "High Intensity Interval Training" workout has been added.

"When you use gym equipment it has data the Apple Watch doesn't have, and the Watch has data the gym equipment doesn't have, so you end up with numbers like calories and distance that don't quite match", Apple VP of Technology Kevin Lynch said.

The music app was also revamped with the aim of delivering more data and music at a glance.

The developer preview is now available, and will be freely available to all in the Autumn. It's likely Apple will follow the same format as the launch of watchOS 3 a year ago, which saw the release of a beta test phase immediately following the presentation. The watchOS 4 upgrade will be available this fall as a free upgrade.

The biggest update to the Apple Watch health and fitness suite was an integration between the watch and fitness equipment at the gym. In the morning you might see your first meeting, and at noon you might see a call you need to hop on, or a pass for a flight you have that afternoon. You'll be able to simply tap your Apple Watch on an NFC reader in your gym equipment, and your Watch will automatically launch the workout app. Apple says these goals will be achievable because they're based on the user's actual workout history.

Users will also be hoping for improvements to tracking statistics, making it easier to share a wider set of stats among friends and on social media.

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