20 June 2019
Apple at its WWDC 2019 event in San Jose made some big announcements around its Operating Systems. Apple’s watchOS got some significant changes, including access to the App Store as well. The very first obvious addition is a bunch of new watch faces. Some watch faces just bring the new graphic design, some show different languages, and some offer more information than prior designs.
The watchOS 6 also brings more apps to the wearable, including the long-awaited calculator, and audiobooks so that you could listen to your favorite books. It also brings the Voice memos app so that you can take voice notes on the go. The best part is, Apple Watch apps will run independently which means there is no interference of a companion device to install apps on your wearable. Thanks to the new APIs, you can stream audio directly from the watch for longer periods than before.
Another interesting and significant change is the support for the App Store. Thanks to watchOS 6, you will be able to browse, download apps and even pay for your favorite ones directly on the watch itself. According to Apple, users will also be able to download software updates directly to watch itself.
The watchOS 6 brings some health and fitness apps as well and one is specifically for women. It’s the new Cycle Tracking app that gives women the ability to get information related to their menstrual cycles. Of course, the data needs to log in once and the app will predict the timing for their next period and fertile window. The new Cycle Tracking feature is also available in the Health app on iPhone with iOS 13.
watchos 6 brings more activity information and way to monitor your hearing health in noisy environments. A new feature can tell how noisy the surrounding environment is. As the sound level changes, the app’s decibel meter moves in real time. According to Apple, the watch can send a notification if the decibel level reaches 90 decibels.
Also, there’s now a new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone now to give users a long-term view of their activity behavior to help them understand their progress. Apple tells if your last 90 days of activity shows a downward trend relative to the last 365 days, the Activity app offers coaching to help the user come back to the track.
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.