Apple recently announced WatchOS 6, a new version of the OS powering the Apple watch. Here’s a quick look at some of the new features and changes that Apple brings to the device with WatchOS 6 beta 1.

All-new watch faces

As Apple Insider noted, WatchOS 6 beta 1 is bringing a slew of new watch faces for the Apple Watch, including one that works with a new app. There’s a classic looking “California” watch face, two simple but fun looking faces named “Numerals Mono” and “Numerals Duo,” and a highly customizable watch face named “Gradient.”

Noise app

This new app monitors ambient noises in the wearer’s surroundings and alerts the wearer if the noise is too loud and might affect his hearing. The app displays noise in decibels, and can be used as a complication along with a watch face.


Audiobooks purchased through Apple Books can now be played through the Apple Watch. In addition, third-party apps for music, radios, and podcasts will soon be playable on the Apple Watch thanks to new developer tools Apple included in WatchOS 6.

Apple Watch App Store

The App Store is now available on the Apple Watch. Users can now browse the App Store, view app pages, and install third-party apps directly from the watch itself. Users can also search the App Store using Siri on the Apple Watch.

Voice Memos

There’s a new Voice Memos app that will allow Apple Watch users to record audio on the watch itself. This saves users time and energy, and might be helpful for those who need to record something as quickly as possible.


In addition to simple computations, the calculator app on the Apple Watch can help wearers compute the tip they need to give when eating outside. It also helps compute how much each person needs to share if the wearer eats with a group.

Cycle Tracking App

This new app keeps track of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Female users can input relevant information that the app will use to predict their next menstruation and fertile periods. This feature is also available on the iPhone with iOS 13.

WatchOS 6 will also have other features aside from these. Apple will release watchOS 6 along with iOS 13, macOS Catalina, iPadOS and tvOS 13 later this fall. It is expected to run on all Apple Watch versions, with the first-gen Apple Watch as the only exception.

Apple Watch The Apple Watch Series 5 is rumored to have sleep tracking functions. Pictured: General view of the Apple Watch during the Apple Covent Garden re-opening and iPhone XR launch at Apple store, Covent Garden on October 26, 2018 in London, England. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images