Updates to Apple Watch, new watch faces and Siri expansion

Alyssa Bailey
June 6, 2017

It's powered by machine learning and, in essence, is just like the Google Now app on Android.

Apple will release a new bluetooth API for Apple Watch, its heath and fitness-tracking smartwatch. Apple has also added high-intensity interval training to the Watch and it's now possible to set up a queue of workouts to fire one after another, which could be helpful for something like triathlon training. The Notes app, for example, would be a welcome addition, at least as a means to view existing lists, as it lends itself perfectly to a device that you carry with you at all times.

With watchOS 4, the Activity app delivers intelligent coaching and tailored encouragement to help close Activity Rings more often and achieve longer success streaks. Multiple workouts can also now be chained sequentially into a single session. The Apple Watch Series 2 is available in 6 different casings and with different bands, with a base price of $369. 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.

Apple is using Siri to proactively bring information to a new Apple Watch face. Brands like LifeFitness, Matrix, TechnoGym, Star Trac, Cybex, Schwinn, and StairMaster, which sell 80 percent of the country's fitness equipment, will start to roll out Apple Watch-integrated equipment this fall. With even more songs on the wrist, the effortless combination of Apple Watch paired with AirPods™ makes listening to music ideal for workouts or on the go.

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Apple improved the fitness capabilities of the watchOS.

Listening to music is more personal than ever with a redesigned Music app that automatically syncs your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix and most listened to music. You can also control your music playing during a workout by swiping on the watch and hitting play or pause. And the following month, Apple joined the Partnership on AI, an industry consortium established past year to promote best practices. With the latter feature, you can pair your Apple Watch with gym equipment over NFC to enable two-way data sharing between the devices, which will ensure that stats like your calories burned and heart rate will be accurate. After Mickey and Minnie Watch faces, Apple has now introduced Toy Story characters such as Woody, Jessie and Buzz Watch faces. The messaging app will also support person-to-person payments.

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