WatchOS 4 detailed: Siri, new Watchfaces, NFC expands

The new OS features a proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, personalised Activity coaching and an entirely new music experience. Apple also brought on Lauren Goode to speak well of the WatchOS 4 update with the Workout app.

As per a statement by Apple, watchOS 4 will be available this fall ( September) as a free update to Apple Watch paired with iPhone 5s and later on iOS 11.

AppleWhen Apple unveiled the new Apple Watch operating system at its annual developer conference on Monday, it was clear that the focus is on fitness.

Activity tracking is one of the best things about the Apple Watch. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account and can use it instantly to send to someone or make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps, or transfer it to their bank account. This face, powered by Siri Intelligence, will update contemporaneously with new information depending on the user's needs and habits.

The Activity app is also getting an overhaul with watchOS 4.

Apple has released details of watchOS 4 to developers at the company's annual keynote address at WWDC.

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Also available is a new Kaleidoscope watchface that turns and transforms when the crown is turned. Following on from the original Apple Watch's Mickey Mouse face, watchOS 4 will introduce Buzz, Woody and Jessie from Pixar's Toy Story franchise. Yes.

Fitness also gets a big push this time around.

This update allows NFC in the Apple Watch to work with something outside of Apple Pay. Multiple workouts can be combined back-to-back, letting you train for demanding physical events like triathlons without having to return to the Watch between stages.

With GymKit, according to Apple, customers using their favourite cardio equipment will soon be able to pair their Apple Watch directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Life Fitness and Technogym with a simple tap.

There's also new full-face album art designs arranged in a deck of cards that are easier to swipe through.

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