Apple announces watchOS 4 with a Siri watchface, better coaching & more

This new update in WatchOS 4 will also allow the Apple Watch to work with a Siri Watchface. These are workouts built around periods of intense activity followed by recovery periods and are seen as a more effective workout over a shorter period of time compared to steady-state exercise, such as jogging. Here's everything detailed on the keynote.

The Apple Watch update will also make the device a better virtual coach, if that's how you use it. Apple Watch Series 2 is available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel cases starting at Rs 32,900 and the ceramic Apple Watch Edition at Rs 1,10,900. Raising your wrist would show detailed information on a specific subject based on your habits.

When it comes to the new iPad, it will get a new multi-app view that lets the user interact with several apps at the same time, not just select which app the user wants to switch to.

AI isn't new to Apple, which has been nurturing Siri since 2011, but it didn't become a priority for the company until last October, when it hired Carnegie Mellon University professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov as its first director of AI research. New stories will be suggested and you can also set it to read later.

The Mickey and Minnie watch faces have new friends because Toy Story's Woody, Jesse, Buzz are coming to watchOS 4. But this watch face will use Siri and your information preferences to automatically show you information directly on the watch face.




The activity app has been upgraded as well. You touch it and call up a pool swim measurement.

For the triathlon runners amongst us, the watch will now accommodate for multiple workouts. Moreover, more activity rings have been added with new celebrations as goals are completed. This transfers data directly through an NFC connection, which should significantly improve the accuracy of recorded workouts. Similar to the iPhone, the control center will also now have flashlight functionality using the display. The big thing here includes the automatic, reliable syncing in the background.

Apple Music now showcases album art with toggle as simple as a twist of the digital crown.

The new OS generation should mean a richer set of supported apps, but there are a few in particular that users are craving for the Apple Watch. While Apple still hasn't opened up the API to third-party developers, it has created some fresh faces. That's all there is to it at this point in time. It'll be available as a free update this fall, and developers can download a beta version today. So do keep a look out for it.

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