Apple previews watchOS 9 and iPadOS 16 at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple have previewed watchOS 9 with new and customisable watch faces and iPadOS 16 with powerful productivity and collaboration features at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

watchOS 9 includes four new faces – Lunar which tracks the lunar calendar; Playtime – a piece of art that’s exclusive to Apple Watch and created with artist Joi Fulton; Metropolitan – a classic face which changes as the digital crown is rotated and Astronomy which now includes a star map and current cloud data.

“Users around the world love Apple Watch for helping them stay connected to those they love, be more active throughout the day and better manage their health,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

“Later this year, watchOS 9 takes the Apple Watch experience to the next level with scientifically validated insights across fitness, sleep and heart health, while providing users more creative ways to make their Apple Watch their own.”

The workout app has also had a significant update and offers even deeper measurement of performance is to help you reach your fitness goals.

Apple Watch will also offer improved sleep monitoring using the device’s accelerometer in conjunction with the heart rate sensor to detect your various stages of sleep.

Watch OS9 will also have a new medications experience to help keep track of medications and supplements so you can create a list as well as set up schedules and reminders in the health app.

iPadOS 16 makes multitasking and working with others easier than ever.

“iPad is our most versatile device, and we’re excited to take what it can do even further with iPadOS 16,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

“With Stage Manager, which takes multitasking on iPad to a whole new level, plus new ways to share and collaborate via Messages, Safari and the new Freeform app, and new pro features like Reference Mode and Display Zoom, users can get even more done on iPad.”

iPadOS 16 has a lot in common with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura including Stage Manager, new Mail tools, new Message features and iCloud Shared Photo Library.

New features in messages allows users to kick off a collaboration with others and then manage the shared content across files, keynote, numbers, pages, notes, reminders and safari along with other third-party apps.

If someone changes a shared file, the updates are seen by everyone at the top of the messages thread.

And you can easily get everyone involved onto a FaceTime call at the press of a button.
iPadOS 16 will include a new collaboration app cold free form which is like a virtual whiteboard that everyone can see and share ideas in one place with full support for Apple Pencil.

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