Apple has unveiled the latest version of their Apple Watch software, watchOS.
This update adds new health and fitness features that are designed to motivate us, help us share our health achievements and reminders to be more active.
There’s new support for wheelchair users. And a new app, called Breathe, will guide you through some breathing exercises and meditations using visualisations on the screen and haptic feedback.
Apple says motivation through social engagement is an important factor in changing fitness and health behavior. watchOS 3 makes it possible to share, compare and compete with friends, family or a personal trainer.
Users receive notifications about their friends’ progress, including completed Activity rings, finished workouts and earned achievements. Activity sharing is now directly connected to the Messages app, so users can communicate, motivate and celebrate with friends and family with new Smart Replies that have been customised for Activity and Workouts.
There are activity reminders, called “time to stand” and “time to roll” for able-bodied and wheelchair-bound exercisers.
The new Breathe app encourages users to take moments in their day to do short deep breathing sessions. Visualisations and haptic cues guide users through deep, full breaths in sessions lasting one to five minutes. On completion, they will receive a heart rate summary.
watchOS 3 will be available this spring as a free update to Apple Watch. Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later. WatchKit® for watchOS 3 is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. For more information, visit apple.com/watchos-preview