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At Steve Jobs Theater at its campus in Cupertino, California, Apple also rolled out , , , the and .this morning, Apple showed off the next major release of its wearable OS, WatchOS 6. At the event, held at the
WatchOS 6, coming Sept. 19 for Apple Watch Series 3 and later, will help track menstrual cycles and fertility windows through a new app called, prevent gradual hearing loss through another app called that notifies you when you are in a loud environment, and directly download apps through an App Store on the Apple Watch (instead of using your ). The are coming Sept. 20, and Apple said WatchOS 6 will be available for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 later this fall.
With the new update, Apple is rolling outthat tie into the company's focus on health: Apple Hearing Study with the World Health Organization and University of Michigan, Apple Women's Health Study with Harvard and National Institutes of Health, and Apple Heart and Movement Study with the American Heart Association and Brigham and Women's Hospital. You can enroll in studies through the Apple research app later this year, Apple said.
Apple also expanded the capabilities of its digital search assistant Siri on WatchOS, which can now identify songs and bring up web results for your search queries, and the Reminders app Other additions include Voice Memo for recording voices and reminders, and Calculator, so you tap out calculations on the Apple Watch's tiny screen.
And of course, no WatchOS update is complete without a number of new watch faces. There's a two-toned interface called "gradient," and "infograph modular," which displays several watch complications on one screen that can be swapped around. A few new complications include player controls for your audiobooks, and another that works in conjunction with theto show your environment's decibel levels.
Other WatchOS features
WatchOS 6 will come packed with a basket of features that range from controling music to seeing activity trends, including:
- Accessibility settings on watch
- "Chance of rain" and "Wind" complications
- Smart guidance in Maps
- Spoken navigation in Maps
- Shuffle workout playlist
- Current elevation metric in workouts
- Usage of Stopwatch app during workouts
- Trends to track activity progress
- Workout summary on watch
- Apple Podcasts stations
- Shared list in Reminders
- Dynamic smart replies
- Shazam with Siri
- For You in
- Account login on watch
- Cellular connectivity complication
- Tap to speak time
- Mute Mail threads
- Animoji stickers for messages
- Siri web search results
The update requires iOS 13,Apple Watch Series 4), but not all WatchOS 6 features will be accessible on all watches.on phones and later. It will be available for all Apple Watches (from to
Originally published June 3.
Update, June 4: Adds more information about WatchOS 6 and device compatibility; Sept. 10: Adds more information on WatchOS 6 features, health studies and release date.