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Apple has unveiled the new features coming to the Apple Watch later this year in watchOS 10. All the new features will be incorporated into the updated operating system.
New Way to Navigate
watchOS 10 introduces a new way to enjoy the watch face while accessing the desired information, such as widgets in an intelligent stack, simply by moving the dial. Long pressing allows users to add a widget to an intelligent stack, and a timer can be set and viewed by scrolling up. Apps in watchOS 10 have also been redesigned.
The Clock app in watchOS 10 will offer new background colors that represent the time of day, giving users a visual indication of whether it’s an excellent time to make a call.
Two New Watch Faces
Two new watch faces will be introduced in watchOS 10. One will feature changing colors corresponding to the time of day, while the other will showcase a Snoopy design.
A new app called Cycling will turn the Apple Watch into an essential companion for cyclists. It will provide more detailed information, including FTP (Functional Threshold Power). Workouts from the watch can be displayed on the iPhone, and new training metrics, views, and experiences will be available.
Compass & Maps Updates
The Compass app in watchOS 10 will generate new waypoints, including the most recent cellular connection point. There will also be a new elevation view and the ability to view saved waypoints.
Maps in watchOS 10 will feature a new cartographic map and allow users to search for trails. Additional details, such as trail names and difficulty levels, will also be visible.
With watchOS 10 and iOS 17, Apple delves into mental health with a new app to empower users to care for their minds. The Mindfulness app will allow users to track their mood, identify what is causing certain emotions, and even take standardized assessments to evaluate their risk for depression and anxiety.
watchOS 10 will address the issue of myopia by encouraging users to spend more time outdoors with natural light. The Apple Watch can measure the time spent outdoors and detect if a child or adult holds an iPad or iPhone too close.
Stay Tuned for More Information
We will provide expanded information on all the new features in watchOS 10 soon. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates.
WatchOS 10 Release Date: What We Know So Far
Apple has announced that watchOS 10 will be presented at this year’s WWDC keynote, which will take place on June 5 at 10:00 AM local time in California. The first beta version for developers will likely be released on the same day, followed by a public beta a few days later, possibly in June or July. The final version of watchOS 10 is expected to be released in September, coinciding with the Apple Watch Series 9 launch.
Compatibility and Installation
The compatible Apple Watch models for watchOS 10 will be officially announced at the keynote. Based on previous years, it is likely that the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch Series 4 may not be supported, while newer models such as the Apple Watch Series 5, Series 6, SE, Series 7, and Series 8 will be compatible. Installing watchOS 10 can be done through the Apple Watch app on an iPhone (running iOS 17) once it is officially released or by participating in the developer or public beta programs.
Rumored Features and Wishlist
While official details of watchOS 10 are still scarce, rumors and wishes exist for new features. The interface is expected to be redesigned, potentially with a new home screen layout and easier-to-use features. There may be a new Health app for the Apple Watch, and improvements to the camera and Siri are also desired. Users hope for reduced dependency on the iPhone, the ability to install watch faces from external developers and enhanced Siri functionality.