Here are the key features from software update watchOS 3 just previewed in the US, including new health app features for the Apple Watch.
Apple has previewed watchOS 3 in San Francisco, promising improved performance and the ability to launch favourite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities.
The software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.
By pressing the side button, users can access the new Dock with their recent and favourite apps. Right from the Dock or the watch face, users can launch their favourite native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in the app already updated and ready for viewing.
With watchOS 3, health and fitness information can be shared and compared with friends, family or a personal trainer. Users receive notifications about their friends’ progress, including completed Activity rings, finished workouts and earned achievements. Activity sharing is now directly connected to the Messages app, so users can communicate, motivate and celebrate with friends and family with new Smart Replies specially customised for Activity and Workouts.
Receiving and quickly replying to messages has evolved in watchOS 3 with stickers, handwriting, full-screen effects and invisible ink, which reveals the message only after a friend swipes over it. Smart Replies are even faster as they are now available right in the message notification. When a more custom reply is needed, the new scribble feature allows users to quickly write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text.
New watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and the simple Numerals. More apps can launch straight from the watch face including Workout, Music or Messages. It’s easier to customise watch faces and discover third-party apps with the new Faces Gallery in the Watch app on iPhone.