The Apple Watch with updated software watchOS4 will be unveiled on September 19, 2017, for all Watch customers, according to Apple COO Jeff Williams, speaking at Apple’s iPhone press conference today. The updated software, which includes features like new watchfaces, enhanced fitness coaching, a new music experience, much more, was already announced this summer at WWDC.
Some of the significant changes in the new watchOS have to be related to its health features. Apple indefinitely referred to the Apple Watch as the “most used heart rate monitor,” but didn’t give any source for that data, for example. But Apple Watch, like most wearables today, draw many customers specifically because of their health monitoring and fitness features.
One important change with watchOS4 is a new mode called “Gym Connect,” which lets you sync directly with gym facilities like treadmills and ellipticals.
It will also feature new heart rate sampling, which offers a comparatively better resting heart rate measurement. That is, Apple Watch will now tell you if you have a high heart rate but don’t appear to be active, or when you reach a specific level while working out. You’ll be able to view both your resting heart rate and recovery heart rate in the app as well.
The “Apple Heart Study,” another Apple partnership with the medical community, was also announced. This will use data from Apple Watch to monitor for arrhythmia. People will be capable of participating in the study with Stanford by downloading an app from the App Store, Williams said.
The updated software for Apple Watch has appeared alongside the next-gen hardware, Apple Watch 3.