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Ready for some new features for your Apple Watch? WatchOS 8 played a big role at Appleevent. The globally popular Apple Watch platform will see some exciting changes in its next software update, which you will see soon. Developers will have access to a beta version first, and the general public will be able to download the update later this year, probably in the fall.
The Breathe app is getting an update, from a new animation to help you focus to a “reflection” mode that asks you to think about something specific and improve mindfulness. Reflect will be available as a separate application so you can use it as much as you like.
Fans of sleep tracking will find a new breathing rate that will track how many breaths you take in a minute and look at trends over time to see what needs improvement. The more you use this feature, the more likely Apple Health will show you more information about your sleep trends, which could lead to preventing potential future problems.
Fitness workouts will now include tai chi and Pilates training modes, so you can more accurately track those activities. Like all other workouts, select the option and continue until you have finished a workout. All activity during that workout is shared with Apple Health.
Popular Fitness Instructor Jeanette Jenkins To Be Added To, with seven new workouts for each body type. A new Artist Spotlight series will be added to focus on musicians and keep you moving. Expect them to be available on Apple Fitness Plus next month.
The new Portraits watch face gives the popular photo watch face a greater focus on a person and offers depth with animations when you turn the crown of your watch. In addition to this, Apple Photos on the watch has been improved to give you more options and more easily find the photos you are looking for from your wrist.
Apple Watch messaging has also been improved, including tiny gif responses for browsing and improved voice responses. You can also send photos from the updated photos app in two taps, just like you would from your phone.
Apple Health is also using your step-tracking data to help assess what it calls “walking stability.” This measurement analyzes your gait and balance, and shows you how to monitor the overall health of your steps in a single measurement.
The Apple Health app will give you a score based on available data and make recommendations to improve your walking stability. This feature is not limited to the Apple Watch, but if you already use one, you will be able to send additional information to this extent.
One thing that is heavily rumored to be part of WatchOS 8 is glucose monitoring, which would exist alongside a new glucose sensor on a new Apple Watch. While the words were never said out loud, the “blood glucose highlights” were briefly seen on this slide during the event, so we may hear more about this feature once the next Apple Watch is ready. to be released.
The Apple Watch has come a long way since its original release in 2015, when it was initially touted as a luxury item complete with a $ 10,000 gold variant called the Apple Watch Edition. But in recent years, Apple has touted the watch as a health device, tracking the steps and activity of users. Additional Apple health-related features such as an ECG heart monitor, sync technology for gym equipment, and a meditation app.