Hello! Today I’ll be discussing what truly is new and beneficial inside the WatchOS 4 update which was first previously released to developers only on June 5th at Apple’s WWDC event. Some major features of the release is the new Siri WatchFace that gives you updates throughout the day; for example, the new WatchFace will give dynamic, personalized information that changes based on the time of day. Siri can also display weather info, calendar appointments, reminders, HomeKit controls, news alerts, and tons more, right on the watch face. Some other new features in the latest OS includes a new keypad in the built-in Phone app for the functionality of being able to dial a specific number, and connectivity between certain Gym equipment. Of course there are several other new features as listed below.

  • New Siri watch Face
  • Switch between watch faces with the Digital Crown
  • New Toy Story watch faces (coming soon)
  • Person to person payment support (coming soon)
  • New ‘Install’ button in Watch app
  • New Keypad option in Phone app for dialing
  • New on-call interface in Phone app
  • Maps app slightly redesigned with scrolling list of suggestion tiles
  • New Location preferences
  • When Timer goes off, it now has a repeat button
  • Update Music app interface
  • Automatic playlist syncing including Apple Music-recommended lists
  • Updated ‘Now Playing’ complication
  • Slightly modified ‘Now Playing’ interface
  • Add individual albums and artists to Music app
  • Add multiple playlists to Music app
  • Music playback controls integrated into Workout app
  • Camera Remote app now supports video, Portrait mode
  • New News app
  • New News complication
  • New flashlight in Control Center
  • New night workout light in Control Center
  • New red light in Control Center for night reading
  • New location icon in Control Center
  • New Workout app selection interface
  • Workouts now start immediately
  • New Workout type animation in upper left-hand corner
  • Start back-to-back workouts
  • New High Intensity Interval Training
  • Automatically start music when workouts are started
  • Enhanced swim tracking
  • Gym equipment sync
  • New ‘Express Connect’ setting for connecting to Apple Watch-supported gym equipment
  • VO2 max data logging to Health app
  • New Workout preferences
  • New Activity notifications and challenges
  • Updated celebration achievement animations
  • ‘Now Playing’ auto displayed when playing media on paired iPhone
  • Heart rate app features 24-hour chart
  • New pairing UI
  • New usage tips during pairing process
  • Passcode interface with larger tap targets + red delete button
  • New passcode animation
  • New passcode key click sound effect
  • New vertically scrolling Dock interface
  • Dock can now show Recents or Favorites
  • New ‘All Apps’ option in Dock
  • New ‘List View’ for apps
  • Bolder notifications text
  • New Kaleidoscope watch face
  • Create Kaleidoscope faces via Photos app on iPhone


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So with these new features listed and in use on my personal watch, am I really seeing a huge difference/improvement? Since day 1 of its installation on mine, I personally really haven’t experienced anything new performance wise. I’ve only seen a few visual changes like the animations for the activity awards and the new Siri WatchFace (Which I’m personally myself not a huge fan of)

Overall, is this update really something you want the moment it comes out? If you’re in it for the new Siri WatchFace and the Activity improvements than sure, go for it. Other then that. No, its honestly just a performance update with just a few new features. Nothing that’s essential for your everyday living. Definitely something you can live without. All I got this time folks, we’ll see you next time! For now, peace! ✌️

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