Apple unveils watchOS 4, launching this fall

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Apple has updated the Watch's Workout app with new options for people looking for more intensive workouts. Home screen syncing options across various Apple TVs, new background options for further customization, notification support, Focus API improvements, customized sound support, and network-based pairing and development support can all be found as well in addition to improvements to Mobile Device Management.

Apple Watch, tied for No. 1 in IDC's wearable device tracker for the first quarter, is getting more functionality via Watch OS 4.

Apple debuted watchOS 4 alongside iOS 11, its new HomePod speaker and macOS High Sierra at its WWDC developers conference yesterday. But integrating an NFC reader directly into a cardio machine is new, as is the ability to pair it with your watch with one tap.

Apple will begin offering a developer preview of watchOS 4 today, with a full release coming to all Apple Watches this fall. "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".


Fitness also gets a big push this time around.

We expect to see the update roll out for free, so you won't have to spend any money to get the latest in watchOS software.

Users will also be able to pick out a playlist to start in sync with their workouts, or alter the playlist from the workout app with a simple swipe. In the demonstration shown by Apple this week, the Apple Watch attained information from gym equipment using NFC. Apple recently bought the sleep tracking app Beddit and we expect some of those features to be included on the Apple Watch 3 as well as watchOS 4.

There's also new full-face album art designs arranged in a deck of cards that are easier to swipe through.

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