Say hello to watchOS 3. It is the next major version of Apple’s smartwatch operating system. Alongside the iOS 10, the watchOS 3 managed to catch a lot of people attention at WWDC 2016. The underwhelming watchOS has got dramatically improved app launch times, hand-writing recognition, new user interface, Control Center and more. All these are highly anticipated features, and everything is here. Let jump right into full details.
The watchOS 3’s biggest new feature is called “Instant Launch.” The frustrating app launch times are finally gone, and now, all the apps launch instantly with the tap. According to the demo showed on stage, the apps on watchOS 3 launched right away with zero loading. Simply, the apps on watchOS 3 are seven times faster now. Moreover, the apps can now be docked, and can be accessed via side button. The OS keeps your favorite apps in RAM, which can be accessed instantly.
The second biggest feature is the hand-writing recognition called “Scribble”. The new feature lets users draw letters on the screen to provide words as input. The OS is smart enough to recognize the overlapped words also, so it is a way more practical now. Apple also introduced a bunch of new Watch faces including the Minnie Mouse, which can also show activity progress. Users can configure the color of the Mouse according to the Watch strap. You can now access different watch faces by swiping across the display.
The Reminders and apps have been redesigned, and third party apps are allowed to be docked in dock area too. Apple has added the biggest safety feature in watchOS 3, which will let you dial emergency services with just a tap. Users need to press and hold the side button for a couple of seconds to automatically dial the emergency services like 911. Even if you do not know, your Apple watch knows what the local emergency number is. The Watch Dial emergency contact through the Watch’s Wi-Fi connection if the cellular connection is not available and after the call, it will automatically ping emergency contacts to alert them about your health condition. Furthermore, it opens your Medical ID with all your medical information like blood type, allergies to make the things even simpler.
Apple predominantly targeted the users who prefer to be fit, so it is not so surprise of seeing the new fitness app. The new app let you connect with others to see activity and share heart rates back and forth. The wheelchair users got the biggest update in the form of “time to roll”, which will alert the respective users when they need to roll and also tracks the wheelchair pushes in various frequencies. The Breathe is another app that will encourage the users to relax and breathing, which should scientifically lower the blood pressure. Users can now unlock their MacBooks using Watch. Apple also enabled Apple Pay, native control for the crown, APIs for speaker control and video as well as background processing for fitness apps.
The watchOS 3 is available today for developers and the final release scheduled for this fall.