Apple is set to release watchOS 4, the latest Apple Watch update, this fall. The software update will bring multiple features to the device, including improvements with Apple Pay and ways to boost your workouts.
The company revealed watchOS 4 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June alongside iOS 11, for iPhones and iPads, and macOS High Sierra, for computers.
There are several watchOS 4 features to be excited about.
Apple announced iOS 11 will support person-to-person payments, and it’s doing the same with watchOS 4. Users will be able to send and receive money using their Apple Watch. With watchOS 4, device owners can ask Siri to send funds to friends and family. Users can also request and receive money on their Apple Watch in Messages.
Apple introduced the Apple Cash Card for iOS 11 and watchOS 4 at WWDC. With the Apple Cash Card, users can add funds to the card, use it to send money to others, transfer funds to their bank account or pay at stores and in apps.
The payment-to-payment feature will be useful for Apple Watch owners, and means they won’t have to download an app like Venmo on their iPhone to send and receive money.
Syncing Gym Data
Apple announced at WWDC it was opening the NFC chip in devices to developers for iOS 11, which suggests the technology won’t only be used for Apple Pay. With the NFC chip, users could get more information on products when going to a store, like price history, ingredients and recipes.
With watchOS 4, the NFC chip will sync how many calories you burned on a treadmill at the gym to your Apple Watch with just a tap. The two-way data exchange with gym equipment means you won’t have to calculate how many calories you burned throughout the day. The feature will be compatible with gym equipment from Life Fitness, MS Artrix, Schwinn, Cybex, Technogym, Stair Master and Star Trac, all you have to do is get your Apple Watch next to an NFC reader on the machines.
WatchOS 4 will try to better assist users with a Siri watch face that displays important information, like upcoming calendar events and flights. The update also comes with an improved News app, which displays headlines curated to the user’s interests. With watchOS 4, device owners can tap on a headline to read a summary of the article or save it to read on…