Apple Watch and watchOS 6 Upgrades from Today’s WWDC

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Here is a basic rundown of the new features coming this year in watchOS 6.

Watch Faces

  • Gradient Face
  • Large Numeral Face
  • New Digital Numeral Face
  • A “California” Face
  • Solar Face

Apps

  • New Audiobooks app for listening to books.
  • Voice Memos
  • Calculator

New APIs

  • Completely independent Watch apps now allowed!
  • Full streaming audio API for third-party apps.

The App Store comes to Apple Watch

  • Search with Siri, Dictation or Scribble

New Health and Fitness Features

  • Activity Trends- Coaching to help keep you on track and reward you for improvement.
  • Hearing Health- Noise app for background noise tracking.
  • Cycle tracking- Sherlock time. Also available for free in Health on the iPhone.

watchOS 6

  • New Complications for Noise, Wind, Rain and Cycles
  • Streaming in apps directly from the Watch. The MLB App made for a nice demo.
  • Auto Updates right on the Watch now.

To be honest, other than independent apps and the App Store, this is a pretty pedestrian upgrade by the looks of it.

Stay tuned for more.

 

 


James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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