Apple's watchOS improvements focus on fitness and Siri

Alicia Guzman
June 7, 2017

New software upgrades can change the face and features of your watch and this may be reason enough to buy a new watch or update your current wearable.

With watchOS 4, the Activity app delivers intelligent coaching and tailored encouragement to help close Activity Rings more often and achieve longer success streaks. watchOS 4 is a substantial update to the Apple Watch that makes the device a more serious competitor to much cheaper fitness trackers. Can a Siri watch face be better? "We've created a truly individualized experience with the smartest Activity and Workout apps, the Siri watch face that shows you the information you need when you need it and we're seamlessly bringing users their favorite music right on the wrist". It'll be available as a free update this fall, and developers can download a beta version today. You can view photos, save news headlines to be read later.

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

With GymKit, according to Apple, customers using their favourite cardio equipment will soon be able to pair their Apple Watch directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Life Fitness and Technogym with a simple tap. With watchOS 4 four you can accurately count down all the calories, you burned during your toughest workouts.

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This update allows NFC in the Apple Watch to work with something outside of Apple Pay. So now, multiple playlists can be synced including those recommended by Apple Music. New colors of the Nike Sport Band are also available. Apple prefaced this feature by saying that sometimes your gym equipment can better sense data that your Apple Watch can't, or vice versa.

Other new watch faces in watchOS 4 include a kaleidoscope face with a moving graphics effect, and Toy Story watch faces featuring characters from the movie.

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