watchOS 6 brings Cycle Tracking, the Noise app, Activity Trends and a watch based App Store. tvOS 13 introduces a new home screen, multi-user support, Apple Arcade, expanded game controller support and new screen savers filmed under the sea.
What’s new in watchOS 6
A new Cycle Tracking app gives women the ability to log important information related to their menstrual cycles and see predicted timing for their next period and fertile window using the convenience of Apple Watch.
The new Noise app helps users understand the sound levels in environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively impact hearing.
A new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone now gives users a long-term view of their activity behaviour to help them understand their progress.
watchOS 6 brings the App Store directly to Apple Watch. Users can easily install third-party apps, search for apps using Siri, dictation or Scribble and view app product pages designed for the watch screen right from the wrist.
watchOS 6 introduces dynamic new watch faces and customisation options offering more personalisation and access to favourite apps, contacts and information. These include: Modular Compact, Solar, Gradient and Numerals faces.
New developer tools include an audio API to stream music, radio and podcasts, an API to give extended runtime to session-based tasks, such as physical therapy and meditation, and Core ML now uses the Apple Neural Engine on Apple Watch Series 4, enabling faster processing of on-device inputs.
The popular Voice Memos app is now available on Apple Watch.Audiobooks purchased on Apple Books are now available to listen to directly from the new Audiobooks app on the watch.
The new Calculator app helps with tip calculations and splitting checks right from the wrist. Siri search queries can display webpage results in full on Apple Watch.
Apple GymKit compatibility extends to manufacturers Octane Fitness, TRUE Fitness and Woodway, connecting Apple Watch to more cardio equipment in clubs around the world.
What’s new in tvOS 13
Apple TV 4K includes a new Home screen designed for discovery. Apps can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, so users can quickly enjoy great new TV shows, movies, music and games.
The new Apple TV Control Center makes it easy to switch between family members so everyone gets their own personalised entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes.
The new Control Center also provides users with quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.
Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalised playlists and recommendations. In the new Control Center, users can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, users can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with their favourite songs.
This spring, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
13 adds support for the best and most popular game controllers in the world, Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other great games on the App Store.
Apple is expanding the stunning collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerising creatures and scenes.