WWDC 2017: Apple gives Siri top billing on watchOS 4, Apple Watch

Apple's latest features, announced Monday at WWDC in San Jose, are refinements rather than major improvements. But this watch face will use Siri and your information preferences to automatically show you information directly on the watch face. This is essentially a smart selection of information and shortcuts which are relayed to your device based on your schedule, location, time of day and the rest.

The new watchOS 4 comes with three new watchfaces - Siri, Kaleidoscope, and Toy Story.

Apple Watch's Activity and Workout apps, which provide fitness information, has added several features, including monthly challenges, which are meant to help users with their exercise routines. Apple says Watch wearers will be able to link their devices with the gym equipment through NFC.

watchOS 4 will roll out to all Apple Watch owners in the second half of 2017.

Overall, the updates that Apple has shown off so far are not almost as dramatic of a change as watchOS 3 was, but will pinpoint specific areas to improve the user experience.

Apple's worldwide developers conference 2017 is among the biggest tech events of the year. You can also pick a playlist that automatically starts with your workout, giving you some extra on-wrist control. Heart rate monitoring of HIIT workouts have typically been an area where wearables have struggled but we found the Apple Watch Series 2's heart rate sensor proved surprisingly capable.


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Kevin Lynch, technology veep, talked about Siri, Apple's personal assistant software, becoming more proactive and more aware of watchOS activity through machine learning.

For those into, er, running and things, there's a handful of updates to Apple's Activity app.

WatchOS 4 is in developer preview now. With the update, you can navigate through the album art by turning the Digital Crown.

The Music app has been redesigned as well. The company said that it has improved Workout algorithms for tasks such as swimming, high intensity interval training, and now also supports multiple workouts in a single session. The company has addressed the problems with gym equipment as well with WatchOS 4. Native core bluetooth support, for example, is coming to Apple Watch.

We will nearly certainly see Apple's latest software iteration at this year's WWDC on 5 June. Instant playlists will get played and they can be toggled by swiping left on the active Workout page.

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