Many had hoped that the Apple Watch would finally be the product to put wearables on the wrists of millions. While the smart watch is popular, it’s still not an everyday item like a smartphone.
The number one complaint about smart watches is that they just don’t do enough to justify the cost. Apple is hoping to change that perception by bringing a range of new features to Watch OS this fall.
Let’s check out what’s new:
Apple promises that apps will launch much faster and with already updated information. There will be all new dock and users can swipe up from the bottom of the watch to see the Control Center with their most used settings.
Expect a bigger selection of apps and even more choices for customizing the watch face.
Among the new apps is a Home app that will allow you to manage your smart home devices. An SOS app that calls for help anywhere in the world. Plus, you’ll be able to pay for purchases using Apple Pay.
Apple is also ramping up the fitness apps. Users will be able to share their activities with friends and ever complete to see who can achieve their fitness goals for the day first. They’ll even be able to send their current heart rate to friends.
The company has also optimized their Activity app for wheelchair users, allowing them to input different speeds and pushing techniques and including wheelchair-specific workouts.
Five different workout metrics will be displayed – distance, pace, active calories, heart rate and elapsed time.
After all that activity, you might need to unwind. Apple has added a new Breathe App to help you manage stress and take a bit of time for relaxation.
I told you about the messaging app changes last week, and those new features will also be coming to the Apple Watch.
The update to Watch OS should be ready in the fall. So what do you think? Do these new features make you want to try the Apple Watch or is it still just a very expensive iPhone accessory?