watchOS 4 Bringing New Watch Faces, Apple News, Updated Music App & Gym Equipment Support

Apple has
new features for watchOS 4, including major updates
coming to Workouts, Activity, Music, all-new watch faces, and
“GymKit,” which provides a seamless connection between Apple
Watch and gym equipment.

New Activity upgrades will deliver intelligent coaching and
tailored encouragement to each user, with Apple Watch notifying
users every morning when they’re close to earning an
Achievement. Suggestions on how to improve to match the
previous day’s activity levels will also be surfaced.

The new Siri watch face, which
provides ‘the most relevant information throughout the

As the day nears an end, Activity will also be able to
tell users exactly how long they should walk to close their
Activity Rings, and new unique Monthly Challenges will be
designed directly for each user’s goals.

“Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life and is
now more intelligent than ever with watchOS 4,” said Jeff
Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We’ve created a
truly individualized experience with the smartest Activity and
Workout apps, the Siri watch face that shows you the
information you need when you need it and we’re seamlessly
bringing users their favorite music right on the wrist.”

Apple has updated the Workout app to include
auto-sets for pool swim workouts, as well as new motion and heart
rate algorithms for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
workouts. The company said that users doing back-to-back
workouts, like anyone training for a triathlon, will be able to
combine multiple workouts into one linked-together data set “to
capture overall calorie and time measurements.”

With GymKit, Apple said that customers will be able to use
certain cardio equipment at Gyms to pair their Apple Watch
directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes, and stair
steppers from brands like Life Fitness and Technogym. With a
simple tap, the Apple Watch will speak with the equipment, and
vice versa, including data on calories, distance, speed, floors
climbed, incline, and pace.

A new Siri watch face will bring up information and will
dynamically update based on time of day, daily routines, and
showcase pertinent data from apps like Activity, Alarms,
Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders, Wallet, and Apple News, for
which there is now an Apple Watch app. A redesigned Music app
on Apple Watch will automatically sync to My New Music Mix, My
Favorites Mix, and most listened to music, giving users a
better music-listening experience with watchOS 4, particularly
with AirPods.

Additionally, watchOS 4 will bring along
new Toy Story watch faces
and support for person-to-person
in Apple Pay. For
more information on watchOS 4 and its features, check out


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