watchOS 6 Advances Health and Fitness Capabilities for Apple WatchSource: Business Wire
Introducing Cycle Tracking, Noise App,
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watchOS 6 brings enhanced health and fitness features to Apple Watch. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Apple Watch has become an indispensable part of our customers’ everyday
lives, from helping users stay connected to the people and information
they care about, to inspiring them to live a better and more active
Health and Fitness
The new Cycle Tracking app gives women the ability to log important
information related to their menstrual cycles and see predicted timing
for their next period and fertile window using the convenience of
Maintenance of hearing health positively impacts the quality of life and
studies have shown that hearing loss has been associated with cognitive
decline.2 With the optimal position of Apple Watch on the
wrist, the Noise app helps users understand the sound levels in
environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively
impact hearing. As the sound levels change, the app’s decibel meter
moves in real time. The watch can send a notification if the
decibel level reaches 90 decibels, which can begin to impact hearing
after four hours per week of exposure at this level, according to the
Customers are passionate about closing their Activity rings and the new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone now gives users a long-term view of their activity behavior to help them understand their progress. At a glance, the tab shows whether the trends are up or down for key metrics such as active calories, exercise minutes, walking pace and others. If the last 90 days of activity shows a downward trend relative to the last 365 days, the Activity app offers coaching to help the user get back on track.
For the first time, watchOS 6 brings the
Additional watchOS 6 Updates
- watchOS 6 introduces dynamic new watch faces and customization options offering more personalization and access to favorite apps, contacts and information. These include: Modular Compact, Solar Dial, California, Gradient and Numerals faces.
New developer tools include an audio API to stream music, radio and
podcasts, an API to give extended runtime to session-based tasks, such
as physical therapy and meditation, and Core ML® now uses the
AppleNeural Engine on Apple Watch Series 4, enabling faster processing of on-device inputs.
- The popular Voice Memos app is now available on Apple Watch.
- Audiobooks purchased on Apple Books are now available to listen to directly from the new Audiobooks app on the watch.
- The new Calculator app helps with tip calculations and splitting checks right from the wrist.
- Siri search queries can display webpage results in full on Apple Watch.
Apple GymKit™ compatibility extends to manufacturers
Octane Fitness, TRUE Fitnessand Woodway, connecting Apple Watch to more cardio equipment in clubs around the world.
All Apple Watch features are designed to protect user privacy. None of
the audio or sounds in the environment are saved by the Noise app or
Summer Watch Bands
New colors of the
Pricing and Availability
The developer preview of watchOS 6 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 1 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13 or later. For more information, visit apple.com/watchos-preview. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages or on all devices.
New Apple Watch band colors are available to order on apple.com and
in the Apple Store® app, and will be available later this week at
1 Fertile window predictions should not be used as a form of birth control.
2 JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013.
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