You did not expect to make it through this year’s WWDC without some great watchOS news, did you? Apple’s laptops do not completely make iPhone numbers, but Watch has been hugely successful for the company, and completely dominates the smartwatch market.
Surprisingly absolutely no one, the company takes a more focused approach to attention. Apple is not ready to kill Calm or Headspace yet, but the popular breathing feature gets a much-needed upgrade with new animations that remind users to reflect and pay more attention.
Also new is respiratory tracking, which until now had been more of a background function. It appears in the watchOS experience, for tracking over time and multiple alerts.
It would not be a watchOS update without some new faces, of course. Here, the company adds a portrait mode to the faces to provide more depth for images such as the lock screen. The Watch Photos app also gets a new layout, along with the sharing photos from the watch to first-party apps like Mail and Messages.
Fitness + also gets a ton of new content, including artistic musical spotlights for workouts, including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Keith Urban. Tai chi and Pilates are also added to the list of workouts tracked by the laptop.
And last but not least, the watch also has GIF support. The public beta will be launched next month; watchOS 8 will be available to all users this fall.