Apple teases features 'coming soon' to Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8

Apple seems to have teased some upcoming options of the Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 8 on every gadget’s product web page.

First noticed by 9to5Mac, the options embrace the likes of monitor assist, full dive laptop performance and HomeKit integration from the wrist. 

A few of these have been introduced by Apple throughout the official reveal of the newest technology again in September, however, beforehand, there have been no hints at once they would truly arrive.

It does seem {that a} change to the page overviews on Apple’s site reveals that they could possibly be touchdown on wrists sooner reasonably than later, although.

As an alternative of no reference to the options, there’s now a ‘Coming Quickly’ banner subsequent to sure sections, with some bits of description hinting at launch earlier than the tip of 2022.

Let’s run by way of what we all know up to now.

Race route

As seen on the Sequence 8’s product web page (however not on the SE 2), a characteristic that seems to be referred to as ‘Race route’ is coming to a future model of watchOS 9

Apple describes this as “coming later this 12 months”, saying that these whose exercise routine contains outside operating or biking on the identical route will higher have the ability to compete with their greatest efficiency. 

“If it’s an Outside Run or Cycle exercise you do typically, you may select to race towards your final or greatest end result and obtain in-the-moment updates that will help you get there,” the web page reads.

Monitor detection

This one simply seems on the Apple Watch Extremely web page at current, and offers us a glimpse at how the Workout app will deal with monitor exercises. It seems to mechanically detect the consumer’s presence at a operating monitor after which asks for particulars concerning which lane, presumably for extra exact monitoring. 

“Exercise detects if you arrive at a monitor, and makes use of each Apple Maps knowledge and GPS to offer probably the most correct tempo, distance, and route map,” Apple says.

Oceanic+ assist

We bought loads of particulars concerning the Extremely’s potential to behave as a dive laptop throughout the preliminary presentation a few months in the past, however, apart from utilizing the Depth app to document water temperature and, properly, depth, a full-fledged app has been absent. 

That full assist is coming, although, with Oceanic’s app additionally teased on the product web page. 

“The Oceanic+ app on iPhone goes past calculating simply depth and time by integrating native situations like tides, water temperatures, and even neighborhood‑fed data like visibility and currents,” Apple says.

Customers can even have the ability to use the smartwatch to plan dives, with security warnings included. Depth monitoring, GPS monitoring, a logbook of as much as 12 dives, snorkeling and extra might be obtainable within the free model of the app, too, although a subscription might be required for superior options.

HomeKit integration

A comparatively small one, however it’s additionally steered in 9to5Mac’s report – although we won’t discover point out of this on any Apple Watch product web page ourselves – {that a} future replace to Household Setup will convey HomeKit capabilities to Apple Watch units arrange for teenagers.

“Your youngsters could be invited to the Residence app as members and may management your HomePod audio system and good residence equipment like thermostats and lights,” says Apple.

The power to let dad and mom “add residence keys, lodge keys, and extra to Pockets” for teenagers by way of Household Setup can even arrive in a future replace.


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