Apple announces watchOS 6, introducing more refinements to Apple Watch

Apple has offered a first look at watchOS 6, introducing new features designed to empower users to “better manage their health and fitness.”

Speaking of the new release, Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said: “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 day.

“watchOS 6 extends our commitment to helping users better manage their health and fitness with powerful and personal new tools.”

Brand new watchOS features

  • Apple introduced the new Cycle Tracking app, allowing women to log menstrual cycles and see the timing of their next period. It’s also useful for tracking their fertile window, important for couples wanting to conceive.
  • Noise monitors sound levels that could negatively impact hearing and will alert users if they’re spending too much time in noisy environments.
  • Trends in the Activity Tab on the iPhone will offer a long-term view of activity behavior, allowing users to track their progress.
  • The App Store allows users to install third-party apps without their iPhone.
  • New watch faces and customization options offer greater personalization.
  • Voice Memos is now available on Apple Watch.
  • A new Audiobooks app allows users to listen to their favorite stories directly.
  • A new Calculator app helps with tip calculations.

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