Apple releases watchOS 6

Apple today released watchOS 6 which brings you new ways to stay connected, be more active, and get insights into your health with all new apps for Apple Watch including Cycle Tracking, Noise, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Calculator—and for the first time, the App Store comes to Apple Watch. Plus a new way to track how active you are being over time with Activity trends.

Cycle Tracking
• New Cycle Tracking app to log information about your menstrual cycle including flow level, symptoms, and spotting
• Option to log fertility metrics, including basal body temperature and ovulation test results
• Period predictions and notifications to let you know when your next period is approaching
• Fertile window predictions and notifications to let you know when your fertile window is approaching

• View the decibel levels in your environment in real time with the new Noise app
• Option to be notified if the noise in your environment rises to a level that could affect your hearing over time
• Available on Apple Watch Series 4

Voice Memos
• Record Voice Memos using Apple Watch
• Listen to Voice Memo recordings through the built-in speaker on Apple Watch or connect a Bluetooth device
• Rename recordings with Dictation or Scribble
• New memos automatically sync across your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with iCloud

• Sync audiobooks from Apple Books on your iPhone to Apple Watch
• Sync up to five hours of the book you’re currently reading
• Stream audiobooks when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular

App Store
• Discover and install apps for Apple Watch with the new App Store
• Browse curated apps and collections
• Search for apps using Siri, Dictation or Scribble
• View app descriptions, reviews, and screenshots
• Support for Sign in with Apple

• Track your Activity trends in the Activity app on iPhone
• Trends surfaces your activity metrics averaged over the last 90 days compared to your performance over the last 365 days; metrics include: move, exercise, stand, stand minutes, distance, cardio fitness (VO2 max), walking pace, and running pace. Wheelchair users’ metrics include: roll, roll minutes, wheelchair walk pace, and wheelchair run pace
• View specific coaching tips to get back on track if trend arrows are pointing down

• New current elevation metric for Outdoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Cycle and Hiking workouts. Available on Apple Watch Series 2 and later
• Stopwatch app can now be continuously viewed on your watch face during workouts
• Shuffle your Workout music playlist
• Adds GymKit support for True and Woodway

• Identify the song playing around you with Shazam—get song and artist information and the ability to add to your Apple Music library
• Support for Siri web search—see up to 5 results for web searches and tap to view website content optimized for Apple Watch
• Siri integration with redesigned Find People app supports location queries

Watch Faces
• Numerals Mono and Numerals Duo: Digital faces available in Arabic, Arabic Indic, Roman numerals and Devanagari
• Meridian: A black or white dial that fills the screen and includes four subdial complications (Series 4 only)
• Gradient: Dynamically changes design as time passes. Available in full screen or circular with up to five complications (Series 4 only)
• California: Available in multiple numeral styles including Roman, Arabic and Devanagari, full screen or circular (Series 4 only)
• Solar Dial: Track the sun’s path in circular form mapped across a 24-hour dial (Series 4 only)
• Modular Compact: Display enriched complications with the option to choose between Analog or Digital time (Series 4 only)
• Tap to Speak on all watch faces with support for over 30 languages
• Option to receive and customize time-keeping chimes—set to receive an alert on the hour, every half hour, or every 15 minutes either with haptics or a customizable audible chime
• Reorder watch faces directly from your Apple Watch
• New complications for Audiobooks, Calculator, Cellular Connectivity, Cycle Tracking, Noise, Wind, Rain and Voice Memos
• New monochrome complications in Infograph and Infograph Modular

Other features and improvements:
• New Calculator app with the ability to calculate tips and split the check
• Podcasts app now supports custom stations
• Maps includes Smart Guidance and spoken navigation
• Redesigned Now Playing app supports Apple TV remote controls
• Personalized music picks are now available in For You
• Automatic software updates
• Redesigned Walkie-Talkie app
• More settings directly available on Apple Watch including Accessibility, Workout and Health
• Redesigned Find People app lets you add friends, set notifications and change settings on Apple Watch
• View shared lists, subtasks and add new reminders right from within the redesigned Reminders app

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit:

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watchOS 6 requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 13 or later, and one of the following Apple Watch models:
• Apple Watch Series 1
• Apple Watch Series 2
• Apple Watch Series 3
• Apple Watch Series 4
• Apple Watch Series 5

Note: watchOS 6 is limited to the Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models. Apple plans to release watchOS 6 for Series 1 and Series 2 models at a later date.

Not all features are available on all devices.


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