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Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

Today, at its WWDC 2017 event, Apple launched a number of updates to Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 2 – with the biggest news being on the software side with the introduction of the fourth operating system for the class-leading smartwatch collection. In our opinion, we see the Apple Watch as a product really maturing both in terms of its focused message to and purpose for consumers, as well as in terms of sheer useful functionality.

“Intelligent and proactive” is how I’d describe the major ways that Apple updated the functionality in the latest operating system for Apple Watch. Today, Apple debuted the new watchOS 4 operating system to developers (it will later be available for consumers to download in Fall 2017) with new features such as a proactive Siri Watch Face, much enhanced Apple Music, more Activity and GymKit fitness functions, and some new Apple Watch faces. One the hardware side, we have an increased range of new straps including the sure-to-be-talked-about Pride Edition Apple Watch band.

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

Siri Officially Comes To The Apple Watch

“Intelligence” has been the buzz word for the watchOS 4 update, and what better feature to illustrate that with than Siri, Apple’s smart virtual assistant that you control by speaking to it. With the new Siri watch face, with each raise of the wrist, the information on the display dynamically updates based on the following factors: time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders, and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News app for Apple Watch. In short, this is the most dynamic watch face Apple has made, offering people a thought-provoking idea of how it might change their daily lives.

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

When you think about it, one of the very fundamental core functionalities of the Apple Watch (and any other smartwatch) is its ability to display information more promptly and immediately than you could get it from your smartphone. This allows you to interact with information and connectivity more efficiently and quickly as opposed to pulling out and meddling with a phone.

With Apple improving the Siri functionality and making it more aware of what’s going on (with you), you can anticipate getting the information you actually need more often, tailor-made to your lifestyle, and presented on the main display without having to go through sub-menus or switch between apps. This could be a big deal. What I’d imagine for this to mean in real-world situations (for example) is Siri automatically showing you the boarding pass for a flight that is due to be boarding, or to tell you how long until the sun sets when you are out for a run. It will be really interesting to see how the promised functionality is actually used and eventually relied-upon by Apple Watch wearers, but in short, we are excited about a smartwatch moving more into the realm of being an actually smart digital assistant that saves more time than it overall requires.

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Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

This is a lot of science fiction promise, but this represents where the tech world is at and where it is putting a lot of its resources. Focus from Silicon Valley on chat bots, voice-controlled assistants, and artificial intelligence is at an all-time high. Apple has every incentive to make Siri a very important part of Apple device owners’ lives, and putting it in the Apple Watch is a very logical move. With that said, none of this is easy – even for Apple.

A good idea of just how many years of tireless work and fine-tuning it takes to get to a system that is both reliable and powerful enough to accommodate such “comfort features” is evident here. Apple originally wanted wearers of the Apple Watch to speak to it regularly when the device was first released. Though, the software and hardware wasn’t quite there yet. The fact that Apple is finally switching its focus to these comfort features now in 2017 can be taken as a good sign, indicating that watchOS may finally have matured into a properly capable operating system. Not only in terms of being seriously useful to owners, but also able to make clever use of the software that Apple and its colleague companies have been refining for the last few years. Tech lovers eager to try new things should be excited for watchOS 4 to arrive this fall.

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

An Activity App To Help You Actually Achieve Your Fitness Goals

It most likely didn’t take expensive market research for Apple to figure out how a huge percentage of its customer base uses the Apple Watch for its fitness tracking functionalities. Apple marketing alone is enough to make it clear Apple wants people to exercise and be active with the Apple Watch. Accordingly, we expected to see some notable updates to the Activity and GymKit features at WWDC 2017.

One frustration, if I can call it that, that I have with all fitness tracking apps I have tried (be it on the Apple Watch, iPhone, Samsung Gear, or Android phone) is that although they tell me roughly how far (usually quite, quite far) I am from achieving the day’s goals, they don’t help me figure out when and how to actually meet said goals. With watchOS 4, the Activity app is promised to deliver what Apple refers to as “intelligent coaching” (something not all actual coaches manage to deliver). The idea is to help the individual wearer reach their fitness goals and move away from “one size fits all” fitness recommendations.

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

The new Activity app should help you complete those red, green, and blue Activity Rings (basically the Apple Watch’s way of indicating progress with daily fitness goals) through tailored encouragements. Yes, being active is being increasingly “gamified.” If they are close to earning an “Achievement” (with a capital “A”, mind you), or just simply at the end of the day, users will receive a personalized notification that tells them exactly how long they should walk to close their Activity Rings. There will also be some Monthly Challenges designed just for the wearer. What is the implication of this? It could be as simple as Apple guessing you have 30 minutes available, and that during the time you could complete one of your fitness goals. Hopefully, we are one step closer to AI parents designed to help people (who want it) live their lives by merely following instructions.

Apple Watch WatchOS 4 Gets Smarter, Siri, & New Looks Watch Releases

Can an Apple Watch giving personalized encouragements be enough to help user health? That is a question that remains to be answered. I, for one, can appreciate how these little nudges and reminders can actually go a long way. On a personal note, the three colorful, concentric rings on the Apple Watch have never once motivated me to go one mile further – but notifications and reminders have gone a long way, so I expect all these working proactively and more intelligently to be able to make a fair bit of difference.

In line with the updated Activity functions, the Music app running under watchOS 4 also received an update. Activity now allows Music to automatically sync your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix and most listened to songs to create a more ideal playlist for workouts or on the go. That could be fun and is further designed to help save time, taps on a screen, and thinking about doing what should ideally be good for your body.

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can i not be the first one to comment on this feature ?

    • Mikita

      Ray, I have bad news for you..

      • Raymond Wilkie

        What’s that ?

        • Mikita

          You were the first one to touch this piece of.. news.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            No, i said i didn’t want to be.

          • Mikita

            Oh, it’s fine then. Let’s wait who will be the first to touch it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Sorry, i can’t contain myself. Why is this crap on this blog ? ,………….their, i said it.

    • Mikita

      Another question is – why no “Sponsored Post” sign above?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        You know to be honest i wish it was a take the money and run sponsored post, but this is taken seriously !

      • Saul Sloota

        Just because Apple paid to fly them to San Jose doesn’t mean it’s a sponsoredpost. Any money exchanged was purely for companionship and does not suggest the occurrence of any untoward activities. No lewd questions over the iPhone. 1000 kisses. 🙂

        • Mikita

          And those Thai ladyboys were just the guides? If not – some will regret they went to San Jose..

  • Saul Sloota

    Was this written in a hurry? (not my comment, the article…although my comment was written in considerable haste)

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Just be thankful it’s not a 3 pager .

      • Saul Sloota

        That’s the deadliest combo: hastily written yet long.

  • BNABOD

    “this is the most dynamic watch face Apple has offered, offering people a thought-provoking idea of how it might change their daily lives.”

    yeah I am going to go with NO on this. really you think this plastic thing is going to change our daily life because you don’t need to fumble w your phone??? yeah really need something this………..NOT

  • Saul Sloota

    A “celebration of diversity and inclusion.” That’s our Comment Section’s motto too! Cool. But charging $49 for a 6-buck strap? I hope Apple is inclusive with the “particular community that the rainbow flag is often known to represent” when it comes to dem profits.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You mean that super gay one about going to pride ? ?

      • Mr. Snrub

        Gays? Silly me I thought it was for “bronies”

        • Raymond Wilkie

          I had to google that.

      • Mark1884

        That’s a good name for it – “Supergay”……… is that TM’ed yet???

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Supergay™ It is now. 🙂

          • Mark1884

            Dam it Ray…… you are too quick!

          • Mikita

            “Megagay”, “Ubergay”, “Hypergay”, “Epicgay” and “Gay Leviathan” are still vacant. You may choose any you want 🙂

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Ubergay™

          • Mikita

            Sold!

          • Gokart Mozart

            Sell the trademark to Uber.

            Then finally buy the Roger Smith of your dreams.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Would die happy just touching one.

          • Mark1884

            I like “Gay Leviathan”

          • Mikita

            Be quick to TM it – Ray around here

      • Saul Sloota

        Going to the parade?

        Now you say “You know it!” followed by 3 rainbow emojis.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          I better run before the parade passes by……………..right, now am typing garbage

          • Saul Sloota

            Wrong answer 🙂

    • Mikita

      “charging $49 for a 6-buck strap”
      I think you overrated these straps 6 times at least. BTW – I got my Seiko 5 for 50 bucks. Full watch – case, strap, buckle, automatic movement, crystal, hands, dial, even the box with papers!

    • Word Merchant

      As I said to my 7 year old niece the other day, “You’re different, and that’s bad”.
      The crying still hasn’t stopped.

  • Mark1884

    This garbage makes me sick.
    NEXT………….>

  • Saul Sloota

    Creepiest line: “Hopefully we are one step closer to AI parents designed to help (those who want it) live their lives by merely following instructions.”

  • Saul Sloota

    Another creepy line: “Focus from the Silicon Valley on chat bots, voice controlled assistants, and artificial intelligence is at an all time high.”

    All these people running to and fro thinking they’re the busiest people on the planet. They think they’re like Donald Trump, but with less free time. I swear these people could get stressed whilst at the beach. Can’t remember to go to the gym? When to eat? To put gas in your car? It’s because you might be a moron. You’re not more important than the next guy or gal just because you have a digital slave, er, assistant. Now go to the beach and chill.

    • Mr. Snrub

      I get stressed at the beach but only when I’m proudly donning the Omega Regatta.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I know, everybody hates them, but these are damned interesting watches. Just like anybody here I love mechanical watches but when the first generation of these came out (ugly Sony block a few years ago) and when I saw the reaction of the Swiss I knew, they were going to be big. And I knew, te Swiss were fucked. Innovation is more than adding just a new axis to a tourbillon and selling it as ” superlative whatever” even the chinese can do it. Decades of double digit growth and more money than everybody could throw out the window makes stupid and arrogant. Not only that the Swiss became arrogant, but the SG for example cutted their RD costs by 1/3, forgetting that a watch is not only a watch but an information device. WE WERE THE SILICON VALLEY OF THE 19. and 20. CENTURY. Look at us now. Making overpriced toys for the 1 percenter and plastic mech. movements for the stupid masses. No G-Shock could be done by the Swiss anymore. Resting on the laurels doesn`t work anymore. There are no laurels left. The Swiss had all chances not only to make the mechanical watches that we all appreciate here but they simply didn`t! Why? It worked otherwise, but this otherwise lead to the path of disaster in which the industry finds itself right now. Like a series you once appreciated but lost interest because who cares? The Smartwatch is a gamechanger and the most important horological, yes horological innovation since the G-Shock. It`s not made to please hardcore watchlovers, it`s made to be relevant, please the masses and fucking sell! Ignoring Smartwatches on this blog is as stupid as the ignorance of the Swiss. “But who needs this?” A FUCKING LOT OF PEOPLE NEED IT; EVEN HERE IN SWITZERLAND A LOT OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WITH IT LEAVING THEIR TISSOTS AND RADOS (very popular here) SOMEWHERE THEY DON`T EVEN REMEMBER! This is the missed chance of the Swiss and believe me, we`re paying a huge price. Most people on this blog and even the authors seemes to have no idea, really no idea how very, fucking, horribly bad the situation is in the industry right now and it`s getting worser and worser every single month. Of course it`s not only the smartwatch causing this horrible mess we are in right now but I`m quite sure, history will call it the smartwatch crisis.

    • Mikita

      Don’t worry – JCB will come and save the Swiss! Just wait when he comes up with Big Smart Bang (not for the buck).

      • Sheez Gagoo

        JCB plans a smartwatch for $500. But he’s 68 and looks already dead.

        • Mikita

          Under TAG Heuer brand? Yes, he’s 68, but remember the Alex Monopoly article? JCB’s still so trendy! I wouldn’t have heard of this guy, if not JCB…

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Yes, TAG Heuer. I whish I’ve never heard of Alec Monopoly. This guy makes me want to kick his as so long that he will ask me to punch his face.

          • Mikita

            You damn right 🙂 call me if you take the plunge.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Firstly their is no such word as worser
      Secondly Rados’ are awful.
      Thirdly you used the word horology which i take great umbrage at, it’s a micro chip.
      Had to be said. ( IMO )

      • Sheez Gagoo

        1. I’m sorry for the grammar but my mother tongue is very weird and not english.
        2. This post was not about Rados and what I think of them.
        3. There is no official definition of what «horology» is. By your definition, your Mondaine is no «horology» either or do you think it has no chip?

        • Saul Sloota

          You know you have a problem when you’re getting grammar tips from Ray Wilkie. It’s like Charlie Sheen telling you that you have to throttle back on the hookers.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I can tell you a funny story about him on a drug run in Glasgow one night , but i don’t gossip.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          As you asked the questions, it would be rude of me not to reply.
          Your English is very good i only speak the one language
          The Rado , as it was mentioned was just my opinion i realise it wasn’t asked for.
          Their is only one definition of horology( i won’t post the link )
          lastly my Mondaine has no chip.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Is it quartz or mechanical?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Automatic

          • Sheez Gagoo

            In this case it really has no chip.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            You mean “the whitebook” of the “fondation de la haute horlogerie?” this Richemont sponsored joke?

  • Saul Sloota

    Reminder: It gets dark at night.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Have you lost the skill of your forefathers and used the sun and moon ?

    • Mikita

      Reminder: water can make you wet.
      Reminder: dogs bark.
      Reminder: farts stink.
      Reminder: read the reminder.
      Reminder: kiss your iWatch.
      Reminder: new iWatch is coming

  • Mikita

    “Pride Edition Woven Nylon band priced at $49”
    Predict many Aliexpress sellers will join the Pride now. 49 bucks for a piece of gay nylon!!

  • Saul Sloota
  • fer

    Did they announce if you will be able to download podcasts on the watch yet? Having AirPods w/o the ability to load podcasts on the watch is ridiculous.

  • Word Merchant

    The more ‘intelligence’ Apple pack into their products the less I like them. So I won’t be buying an Apple Watch or a HomePod.

  • Bill Davidson

    The technology is amazing but when most everyone has a mobile phone – android or whatever – the wearing of an Apple watch is an overkill / overpromotion and a bit of a wank.

  • SuperStrapper

    “Hey siri, start an outdoor workout”
    “Finding directions to: shout whore jerk clout

    /Apple watch.

    • Gokart Mozart

      The only cool thing would be if you ask Siri what time it is and she replies in her voice by answering like a minute repeater.

      • SuperStrapper

        You should have kept that to yourself, it’s a pretty cool idea.

        • Gokart Mozart

          How do I get my keyboard to TM it. Where is Ray?

          Actually would be quite cool, if whoever does nick the idea and make there millions they can just buy me a real minute repeater.

          Not fussy any minute repeater wiil do. Actually any minute repeater apart from the D & G from a couple of days ago.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    I like the changes (the looks) of the latest Apple ‘watch’. However, I still remind myself – I existed just fine before it came along.

  • “This is an excellent time to consider when would any of the bigger (or
    smaller) Swiss brands ever debut something like this or to even make a
    political statement.”

    “Pandering to a demographic” is an economic strategy when executed by a corporation, a “political statement” when done by a candidate, elected official or a lobbying group. People like to feel good about whatever group they identify with, and purchase products to emphasize this. It’s why anything covered in flags and eagles sells so well in the flyover states in the US. If Apple knew they could squeeze out a few million more in revenue by offering a strap emblazoned with “What Would Jesus Do?,” they’d be all over it in a heartbeat.

    Rolex and Hublot and Omega aren’t offering rainbow watchbands or special edition “diversity” models because they sell watches to people who want everyone else to know they’re wearing a Rolex or Hublot or Omega. That is their primary sales demographic, because that’s the primary motivation behind purchasing those brands in the first place. I totally can see TAG doing it though.

  • Han Cnx

    Meh. (Not included in the ‘What do you think’ button responses, necessitating a post here.)

  • Luke Meiritz-Reid

    WTF …more flipn Bands

  • Luke Meiritz-Reid

    Pod Home ….just laughed and laughed the hyped up show was a Dummy Unit that did absolutely nothing.
    Seriously you Apple Fans can get excited over an astray

  • JF Schnell

    No I won’t buy any smartwatch but I am thankful that because of them I want more and more mechanical pieces

  • Ulysses31

    Whee! More colours. Now the Apple watch is wearing big-boy pants. Seriously though, if Omega can do it why can’t they? The interface and functionality improvements are welcome, if you’re into these things. What will make this watch fly off the shelves and be a genuine win, is the blood-glucose attachment rumored to be in testing, that interfaces with the watch. Of course, such technology is being developed by other companies too but if Apple is the first one to come to market with it, they’ll be helping out millions of diabetes sufferers. Until then you get silly cartoon characters and overpriced straps made from rainbow suspenders.

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