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Apple releases watchOS 4 with enhanced activity tracking features

by Brandon Russell | September 19, 2017September 19, 2017 1:30 pm EST

Apple on Tuesday released a big update for the Apple Watch, introducing enhanced activity tracking capabilities and a Siri watch face. The update comes just days before Apple is set to release the third generation of its wearable, which will feature LTE support.

The Apple Watch has evolved into a fantastic fitness companion since the first wearable was released, and watchOS 4 is all about helping users get the most out of their workouts. The Workout app, for example, has been enhanced with support for Gymkit, a new platform that will make it easier for users to connect to cardio equipment.

Siri will also help users reach their fitness goals with a new watch face. Information will dynamically be displayed on the Apple Watch based on time of day and how close a user is to their daily fitness goals. The whole experience, according to Apple, is designed to keep Apple Watch owners motivated throughout the day.

The Workout app now includes support for pool swim workouts and heart rate algorithms for High Intensity Internal Training (HIIT) workouts. Apple says watchOS 4 users will be able to combine multiple workouts, like those training for a triathlon, to see overall calorie and time measurements.

Other features of watchOS include Toy Story watch faces, complications for Apple News and Now Playing, and deeper integration with Apple’s Music app, which will automatically sync your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix, and more.

Apple Watches paired with an iPhone 5s or later on iOS 11 will support the new watchOS 4 update.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.