Apple unveiled the latest update for Apple Watch by announcing watchOS 3 in WWDC 2016. The software update features significantly improved performance with the ability to launch apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities.
By pressing the side button, users can access the new Dock with their recent and favorite apps. Right from the Dock or the watch face, users can launch their favorite native and third-party apps instantly.
Similar to iOS, users can swipe up from the watch face for the new and improved Control Center, continue to swipe down for Notification Center and swipe left or right to easily switch out a watch face.With watchOS 3, it’s also possible to share, compare and compete with friends, family or even a personal trainer in terms of your fitness goals.
Users receive notifications about their friends’ progress, including completed Activity rings, finished workouts and earned achievements.
Additionally, the all-new Breathe app encourages users to take moments in their day to do short deep breathing sessions. The calming visualization and haptic cues guide users through deep, full breaths in sessions lasting one to five minutes and on completion, receive a heart rate summary.
Receiving and quickly replying to messages has become more expressive in watchOS 3 with stickers, handwriting, full-screen effects and invisible ink, which reveals the message only after a friend swipes over it. In addition, Smart Replies are even faster as they are now available right in the message notification.
Lastly, Apple Watch becomes even more personal with new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and the simple and elegant Numerals. Users can also now add complications to the Photo, Motion or Timelapse watch faces.watchOS 3 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch.