watchOS 6 includes a bunch of new features, but here are some of the smaller details you might have missed!
The next big software update for the Apple Watch is watchOS 6, and while it won’t be officially available for until the fall, the developer beta is out today, and people are already trying out some of the big new features. There’s been lots of buzz about the new Noise app, cycle tracking, and activity trends, but here are some of the features you may have missed that are coming to watchOS 6!
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
Yes, finally! No more pulling out your phone to calculate tips or split checks when you’re you to dinner, you’ll be able to do it right on your Apple Watch!
Another small but might addition to Apple Watch with watchOS 6 is Voice Memos! If you want to take a note or leave your verbal reminder, you can now record a Voice Memo right on your Apple Watch. You can even listen to old voice memos and scroll through your earlier recordings all without having to pull on your iPhone.
Last, but certainly not least, Apple is bringing Audiobooks to the Apple Watch for the first time with watchOS 6. You can listen to any audiobook you buy through Apple Books app right on your Apple Watch. You can even control playback and scroll through your purchased audiobooks.
Apple didn’t even announce this feature during the keynote, but GymKit will get compatibility with cardio equipment from Octane Fitness, TRUE Fitness, and Woodway. This means if you happen to be at a gym with the new equipment from these manufacturers, you can sync up your Apple Watch to show the same heart rate and metric data across your equipment and your Apple Watch, giving you a better look at how your workout is going.
Siri searches on Apple Watch
Another minor, but useful quality of life improvement for the Apple Watch coming in watchOS 6 is now Siri search queries can display webpages results in full right on your Apple Watch!
What features have you the most excited?
Whether it’s a prominent feature or a small upgrade, what has you the most excited for watchOS 6? Tell us in the comments down below!