While there were no hardware announcements from this year’s World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Apple certainly had a lot to announce in terms of software updates. Best of all, all of the new features and functionality won’t cost you a cent if you already have a compatible Apple device.
We were on the ground at WWDC to bring you a wrap up of all of the new things we can expect.
WatchOS 3 is coming this spring, and it tackles one of the biggest frustrations about the Apple Watch, which is the time it takes for apps to load. Now, with WatchOS 3, apps load up to seven times faster, which is a big improvement. During the demo we witnessed, watch apps loaded almost instantly, which is much better than the 10 or so seconds apps normally take to open.
Also new for WatchOS is a revamped and streamlined navigation, so now you can swipe up on the watch face to reveal your control panel, and there’s an app dock that lets you browse and select apps easily. You can also swipe between watch faces with an edge-to-edge swiping gesture. It also appears that Minnie Mouse has decided to keep Mickey company as a new watch face.
The cool new ‘scribble’ feature lets you use your finger to input text characters, making it easier to jot out short messages. Also new is Apple’s Breath app. This helps you manage your stress levels by stepping you through some deep breathing exercises on a daily basis.
Also on the fitness front, your Activity Summary now gets its very own app, and you can share your daily activity with your friends, and even send a voice message to gloat about how many steps you’ve taken, or share your resting heart rate.