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WatchOS 4 Revealed: Dynamic Apple Watch Faces, Workout App, etc.

06 June 2017, 06:33 | Muriel Sparks

CEO Tim Cook during Apple's annual world wide developer conference in San Jose California

CEO Tim Cook during Apple's annual world wide developer conference in San Jose California

The developer preview of the new operating system is available now, with the customer release coming this fall. Do you think there will be more hidden features in the platform? Aside from the new Siri watch face, Apple Watches will score Toy Story's Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear watch faces which will most likely touch you if you're a 90's kid.

It's powered by machine learning and, in essence, is just like the Google Now app on Android. The feature learns how users interact with the device and provides relevant information throughout the day, based on what's going on in the person's day. For instance, the app will now be able to call out to you by your name and will also help you reach fitness goals it sets for you by offering words of encouragement. It will translate user queries to other languages so they can be interpreted by third-party apps. There is also enhanced swim tracking.

Big news for more hardened fitness fanatics is the addition of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

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Finally, there's a redesigned app dock in watchOS 4, which will let you scramble throw your apps by simply rotating the dial on the side. Brandon Ballinger, founder of Cardiogram, a health-tracking app for Apple Watch, said it's exactly what developers need to do just that. We're not so sure about this, but go on... The Music app also starts automatically with a workout and there are several other options that you can control like swiping left during the workout to control your music. And the following month, Apple joined the Partnership on AI, an industry consortium established past year to promote best practices.

"Apple Watch is created to help you live a healthier life", CEO Tim Cook said, "and people are absolutely loving the fitness capabilities, the health capabilities, the quick access to information, and even the ability to swim with it". Apple has a new UI for the workout app as well with smarter coaching.With WatchOS 4, Apple Watch will communicate and exchange data with gym equipment.



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