There were nine test versions, one Golden master, several discoveries along the way, and finally we're here: Apple just released, next to iOS 13, the final version of watchOS 6 (build 17A575, different from GM version) with several new features.
Below, let's take a quick look at the changes brought by the update, as well as remembering the steps you should take to update your watch. First of all, however, it is good to note which Apple Watch models are compatible with watchOS 6 and the good news that if you are running watchOS 5 you can upgrade without fear: all models running the previous system are capable of running their new version, which means that only the Original Apple Watch (2015) is out of the joke.
However, today watchOS 6 is only released for those who have Apple Watches Series 3 and 4 owners of Apple Watches Series 1 and 2, who will also be compatible with watchOS, as we have said, will have to wait a little longer (and Apple has not explained why, exactly).
Below, check out some of the key changes and news brought by watchOS 6 and, as usual, if you want to delve into the details, just browse our site to check out all the articles about it. Remember, too, that some of the new features may not be available for older models; it all depends on the processing power of your specific model.
Own app store
In the most important step towards Apple Watch independence, watchOS 6 brings, for the first time, an app store of its own. You can access it from the Watch screen itself, search and download apps regardless of iPhone; The store even has special recommendation sections and is integrated with Siri for easier searching. Talking about her
The personal assistant has some new cards up her sleeve: You can ask her, for example, "What's this song?" So she can respond quickly with a little help from Shazam, of course. It also gives answers to general knowledge questions (which are getting more accurate) right on the Apple Watch screen.
New native apps
Three familiar old iPhone apps have been added to watchOS: Calculator (with a built-in tipping tool), Voice recorder and the new app Sticky noteswhich has been totally renovated. We also have the new app Audiobooks but not in Brazil, yet.
WatchOS 6 includes a handful of new dials, all focused on those who like a cleaner interface: they are minimalist, analogue designs designed to let you check the time in the shortest possible time.
For those who like more information, however, Apple has added new complications that you can add to the more complex dials, such as the already famous Infographic; We have options to measure the noise of an environment (more on this below), consult the strength of the cellular signal (in the clock with this type of connectivity), see the probability of rain or quickly start a voice recording, for example.
In addition, the update allows you to set a vibration to be performed at the turn of every hour; It is also possible to have the watch read the time aloud simply by resting two fingers on the dial.
The update also brings several news of monitoring the health and welfare of the user. Starting with Activity Trends, a tool that shows you your progress over time and the evolution of your physical exercises with it, you can cross-check data and know if you are advancing at a healthy pace or need to accelerate / decelerate.
WatchOS 6 also has a renewed focus on hearing health. He notices when the noise of your environment goes beyond healthy levels, and warns you immediately; with the app Noise (We are)You can check the sound level of the room in decibis at any time. And the integration with hearing aids has been improved.
Finally, who menstruates have a powerful ally on the wrist after the upgrade: with watchOS 6, you will be able to follow the cycle more accurately by visualizing your body's tendencies and identifying possible deficiencies, irregular periods or the need for some medical follow-up. The system integrates automatically collected data (such as heart rate and sleep) with person-recorded occurrences such as flow, symptoms, and abnormalities.
How to install
The watchOS update process is done by iPhone paired with Apple Watch. Make sure the watch is charged (minimum 50% battery) and on the iPhone in question, go to the Watch app; on it head to seo My Watch Software Update.
The update will be there, available; Just wait for the download and the installation process for it to start, in fact, need to connect the clock power.
Remember that you don't have to worry about any of this if you have updates turned on automatically (which you can also do on the Watch app on the iPhone). And you don't have to worry about backups either, as the smartphone stores a backup copy of watchOS for any eventuality.
Who has finished the process, as has been the experience? Leave your impressions below and have fun!