Apple will introduce watchOS 6, the next major update to the Apple Watch’s operating system, at WWDC 2019. Today in a gigantic report, Bloomberg detailed what the new software will feature.
For starters, Apple will be adding a native App Store to the Watch. Right now, if you want to install a new app on your Apple Watch, you have to go through your iPhone. This does provide a much more pleasant experience, but it ties the Watch closely to the iPhone and doesn’t make it all that independent. With watchOS 6, this will all change as you’ll be able to access the App Store directly from your wrist. It isn’t clear how well this will be implemented or if it’ll actually be worth using, but we don’t have much longer to find out.
watchOS 6 will also bring new apps. Namely, the Apple Watch will get native Voice Memos, Apple Books, and Calculator apps. The Health app will be getting improvements, as always, this time with a new “Dose” medication reminder feature and a “Cycles” menstrual cycle tracker. Meanwhile, iMessage will be able to send Animoji stickers you create on your iPhone in iOS 13.
With each major release of watchOS, Apple tends to roll out new watch faces, and version six won’t be any different. Bloomberg says users can expect the following watch face additions.
- “Gradient” watch face with a customizable gradient color.
- Two new “X-Large” watch faces with big numbers in various colors and fonts.
- “California” watch face with a classic aesthetic and a mix of Roman and Arabic numerals.
- “Solar Analog” watch face that will look similar to a sundial.
- “Infograph Subdial” watch face with large Complications to show things like a stock market chart or the weather forecast.
- New Complications to show things like audiobook progress, the battery life of hearing aids, and others that could measure rain and noise data.
Leading up to Apple’s event, we expect to hear much more regarding watchOS 6. You can read Bloomberg‘s entire report here.