What you need to know
- Apple just announced watchOS 8.
- It's all about health and activity tracking.
Apple just announced watchOS 8 complete with a ton of new features with a heavy focus on health as you might imagine. There's a lot going on, so let's dive in.
Just like iOS 15, watchOS 8 is getting new Wallet improvements that will include access to things like ID cards, keys, and more.
Apple's making it easier to be mindful with a new Reflect feature, while the Breathe app is improving with a new animation, look, and feel. There's a new Mindfulness app that will be home to mindfulness features.
Apple's sleep tracking is changing as well, with support for tracking your respiratory rate while you're asleep.
Over in the Workouts app, new workout types have been added including martial arts and palates. There are now more ways than ever to keep fit and use your Apple Watch while you're at it. A new Artist Spotlight series is being added, offering new workouts featuring Lady Gaga, Leith Urban, and more.
In terms of your Apple Watch face, Apple is adding new photo support called Portraits Watch Face that will focus on photos and create depth that can be adjusted using the watch's Digital Crown. The Photos app has had some love as part of all of this, getting a redesign with featured photos, favorites, and more. It's easier than ever to share photos via email and messages thanks to improved sharing from within the Photos app. Oh, and you can now add GIFs when sharing images as well!
Apple also confirmed that watchOS 8 will finally get support for multiple timers, while next-hour precipitation is also coming to Apple Watch for the first time.
Apple also confirmed that a developer beta will be available later today, while a public beta will run from next month. Everyone else will get in on the act this fall.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.