Apple today announced iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma and watchOS 10, a major operating system update for the Apple Watch. It brings a new widgets view, redesigned apps, workout improvements, mood tracking, and more. There is also a new option to display information from any watch face with widgets. To do this, simply scroll the digital crown to reveal a dynamic Smart Stack of widgets beneath the watch face. This then changes depending on the needs of the user at any time of the day. watchOS 10 also includes two new watch faces: “Palette” and an animated “Peanuts” watch face featuring Snoopy and Woodstock.
Apps in watchOS 10 have also been redesigned. For example, the world clock now has background colors that reflect the time of day in different time zones. The Activity app now has corner icons for navigation, a redesigned trophy cabinet, and a new full-screen view of each activity ring.
The update also introduces new cycling workout features. This includes Power Zones, new metrics like Functional Threshold Power, a full screen view on iPhone and more. Hiking now integrates compass and maps, and watchOS 10 includes a workout API for developers to use for their apps.
A new mood tracking feature in the Mindfulness app allows users to scroll through a selection of moods and log readings. The Health app then provides insights based on that data on the iPhone. A new feature aims to reduce the risk of myopia by using the ambient light sensor to show time in daylight. This is said to have an overall positive effect on body and mind. It is also displayed in the health app.