At the last WWDC - 2019, held in early June at the V. McEnery in San Jose, the company's smartwatches, named by Tim Cook the most popular in the world, received the lion's share of attention. Apple traditionally does not give exact numbers, but third-party statistics confirm: the market share of this device consistently exceeds half of all other smart watches and bracelets.
Every year, the functionality of the watch drifts more and more towards health control. You won't surprise anyone with calorie and step counters for a long time, so in 2018 they were joined by heavy artillery - an electrocardiograph that works with a number of reservations, but nevertheless.
In general, it would be strange for Apple not to turn a real minicomputer on the wrist (inside the Apple Watch there is an S4 chip: a single component that houses many individual elements and which gives a double performance increase compared to the third series of watches) into a research minilab, which in the future will be in touch with your doctor 24/7.
And this is justified. An optical heart rate sensor, for example, has learned not only to track the heart rate in non-stop mode, but also to recognize its extremes in the absence of activity, giving warning signals.
Thanks to the accelerometer and gyroscope, the watch recognizes wearer falls. If nothing terrible has happened, the alarm can be turned off. And if the case is really urgent, after a minute the watch will automatically call the rescue service and send your coordinates to selected contacts.
A less significant and sometimes terribly annoying function is "Breathing". The watch regularly prompts you to “focus and take a series of deep breaths,” although this notification often has the opposite effect. And many apps can also remind you of different aspects of your health, be it diet, water intake, medical prescriptions, or your athletic performance.
All Apple Watch will move to watchOS 6, which promises a lot of new things. Of course, there were some cosmetic changes: there were new skins, wallpapers, widgets.
Kevin Lynch introduces watchOS 6 © apple.com
But most importantly, it's still software. The six have significantly expanded the audio functions, both in terms of entertainment (books from Apple's proprietary application of the same name can now be listened to in the new Audiobooks application on the watch) and in terms of work (finally, there is a built-in dictaphone). Also, of course, the functionality on the topic of health has increased: the built-in microphone has learned to "spy" (Apple swears that it does not transmit this data anywhere) on the level of ambient noise and to warn the owner of increased values.
The female part of Apple Watch owners after the release of the "six" should be doubly happy: the watch will show menstrual cycles, "fertility windows" and a lot of other useful information.
Have undergone small changes and branded "rings of activity", which can be "closed" by performing a sufficient amount of physical activity. Now, on the Trends tab in the iPhone app, you can view long-term physical activity statistics and analyze changes. If your progress is worse than a year in the past three months, the app will flood you with tips on how to get back in shape.
Professor Sumbul Desai talks about new health features in watchOS 6, including Noise, Cycle Tracking and Activity App Trends © apple.com
The main technical nuance: now applications on Apple Watch will be independent combat units, and not appendages of parent applications in the AppStore. Developers in turn receive APIs for streaming music, radio and podcasts, and for extending the execution time of session-based tasks (such as physical therapy or meditation). This means that we will have even more diverse applications written specifically for the Apple Watch.
All of the above, no doubt, inspires, but so far the main obstacle to the full use of all functions of the watch remains its battery. Today Apple Watch lives on a single charge even for an incomplete day - up to 18 hours. Competitors on Android have already reached the indicators of two weeks without an outlet, and Cupertino needs to catch up urgently.>