Advanced Activity Features in watchOS 6 Rival Dedicated Fitness Tracking Smartwatches

by Stephanie Tomsett | 2Q 2019 | IN-5528
Apple recently announced updates to its operating systems for multiple devices, including watchOS, macOS, iPadOS, iOS, and tvOS. The soon-to-be-released watchOS 6 for Apple Watch provides a number of updates to current features, as well as several new features that Apple’s devices have previously lacked. The goal is to allow the Apple Watch to offer similar data analysis to other fitness tracking smartwatches, rather than just tracking basic fitness metrics. The company is also pushing to provide a smartwatch that can perform independently of a smartphone by offering a new, dedicated Watch App Store for Apple and third-party apps that can be accessed directly from the Watch without requiring connectivity to an iPhone, provided it has access to Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Users can search the App Store using Siri, Dictation (voice to text), or Scribble (using a finger to write out letters). The watchOS 6 update is expected to roll out for free to users who have at least an Apple Watch Series 1 paired with an iPhone 6s running iOS 13, or more recent devices and software, in Q3 2019. The software on the Apple Watch will have the ability to be automatically updated in the future, both Over-the-Air (OTA) and overnight when on charge. New wristbands for Apple Watch owners, and a developer preview of the operating system for Apple Developer program members, are already available.

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