Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Quick Recap of WWDC 2016: watchOS 3

Yesterday, we had some huge announcements at WWDC. So, here is what went down with watchOS 3. Now, this will be a brief recap, without any of my opinions. However, I intend to give a big recap of this week, including WWDC and E3 (which is also taking place this week). I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts and impressions of what all of these companies had to show off.

watchOS 3

watchOS 3 brings big changes in performance to the Apple Watch. Apps will load instantly. In fact, they're loaded and refreshed in the background, so you don't have to wait to open apps anymore. There are new watch faces. In addition, you can compete with your friends using Activity Rings. If you use a wheelchair, you will be able to receive notifications that encourage rolling instead of standing. There is a new Breathe app that encourages relaxation through deep breathing. If you find yourself in situations where you can't dictate a text response, you can draw out your response, letter by letter. When near your Mac, you can unlock your Mac automatically with your Apple Watch. Finally, if you need to call emergency services, you can hold down the side button of your watch and the country's emergency service number will be called, along with contacting emergency contacts and showing your Medical ID on your watch. So, these are the changes for watchOS 3. They're mostly under the hood, but it adds a lot of performance.

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