Apple announced watchOS 8, the next key software program update for Apple Watch through its virtual Worldwide Developer Conference or WWDC 2021 opening keynote occasion on Monday. With the new update, Apple says it is brining even more “impactful” features to assistance Apple Watch customers keep healthier, active, and connected. Some of these features include things like a “reimagined” Breathe app, new exercise varieties which includes Tai Chi and Pilates, sleeping respiratory price tracking and Messages and Photos app enhancements.
The developer preview of watchOS 8 is now accessible to Apple Developer Program members, and a public beta will be accessible in July. The final version will be rolled out for all Apple Watch models, Series 3 and later paired with iPhone 6S and above, sometime in September.
Apple is turning the Breathe app into a “Mindfulness” app with an immersive new animation and session kind referred to as “Reflect” that will assistance you focus and just be in the moment by means of “thoughtful” tips like say, “Recall a time recently when you felt a sense of calm. Bring that feeling into this moment,” or “Reflect on one thing you’re grateful for and think about why you appreciate it so much.”
Building on current sleep tracking, Apple is adding sleeping respiratory price to Apple Watch with watchOS 8. This signifies, it will be capable to detect the quantity of breaths per minute even though sleeping and then collate this information in the Health app on your iPhone. Apple says this feature will be accessible for developers with “permission” by means of HealthKit so they can incorporate it in their apps.
The watchOS 8 update will also bring “Focused” notifications, that Apple is simultaneously also launching on iPhone, iPad and Mac by means of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey. This will filter notifications from contacts and apps based on the profile you set (work/sleep/do not disturb) and lessen distractions.
Apple is also adding a new Portraits watch face in addition to updating the constructed-in Photos app to bring Memories and Featured Photos to Apple Watch.
Elsewhere, updates are also coming for Apple Pay and Wallet customers (exactly where these services are accessible), Home app, and in a initial for Siri, Apple’s voice assistant will lastly be capable to set various timers – but only on Apple Watch.