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Apple Drops watchOS 10: Dive into the New Features of the Watch OS

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The watchOS 10 is available for eligible Apple Watch models. In this article, we'll cover all the essential details, from its fresh user interface design to the latest widgets, and everything else that's headed to your Apple Watch through watchOS 10.

watchOS 10 at a glance

The new watchOS 10 introduces a refreshed navigation experience. It might seem complex initially, but it becomes intuitive as you get used to it. One of the first things you'll likely notice is the increased content on the display. This means fewer clicks are needed to get where you want.

The action button now displays smart stack features, providing additional information directly on your wrist. Contact information is now seamlessly transmitted using the NameDrop feature, and the design of most apps has been revamped.

Apple watchOS 10
New features and improvements for some apps were announced at the WWDC keynote. / © NextPit

For cycling enthusiasts, Apple has introduced Power Zones, along with support for external Bluetooth sensors for cadence, speed and—you guessed it—power. Additionally, if you're a Fitness+ subscriber, there are new features just for you. For those into outdoor activities, watchOS 10 now offers topographic maps on your wrist, which can be incredibly useful for hiking.

Since I began using the public beta, I've felt that watchOS 10 is Apple's most significant software update for the Apple Watch. Believe me, the changes are prominently evident — something I've felt was missing from the Apple Watch for a long time.

watchOS 10 Availability

During WWDC 2023 in June, Apple unveiled watchOS 10 and released its developer beta. On July 12, Apple Watch users received the new OS features through the public beta. The stable version of the software was officially released on September 17.

watchOS 10 new features

The watchOS 10 introduces features such as topographic maps, NameDrop, and fresh app designs that align with those on your iPhone. Here's a summary of the latest additions:

Watch face: widgets and more

Rumors about the introduction of widgets have now been confirmed with their arrival. Now, by swiping up on the screen, you can access the stack that showcases the most crucial widgets or complications. And on the new Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2, you can access the stack with the Double Tap feature, so by tapping your index finger and thumb together twice.

This works from any watch face, and thanks to machine learning, the stack shows you the currently relevant widgets at any time, for example, the timer, tasks, or meetings.

The stack can also be adjusted by you if you want to have a certain piece of information quickly in view at all times. You can add the desired tool with a long press on the crown.

Screenshots of the widgets on the Apple Watch
You can now showcase essential information using stack widgets and also toggle between two new watch faces. / © nextpit

Apple has also given some apps a new design. The World Clock, for example, gets colors that are linked to the time, and the Activities app has also been redesigned.

The redesign makes better use of the display space, so details are displayed larger. There are also two entirely new Watch faces. One with three color layers that change with the time of day—and an adorable watch face with Snoopy and Woodstock.

New sports features

Apple has also thought about sports fans, and especially bicycle fans. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can connect the Watch with bike sensors and get more data from your bike. A new value called "Functional Threshold Power" lets you track "Power Zones". For live activity, the display on the iPhone has been enlarged so that it now takes up the entire screen when you mount your iPhone on your bike.

Screenshots of the topographic map on the Apple Watch
Maybe seeing where you last had coverage here on the Apple Watch will save a life someday. / © nextpit

For hiking, there's now a feature that shows you waypoints where you last had network reception. There is also a new topographic map that takes altitude into account. Apple also brings improvements to golf and tennis, for example. Sensors detect your hand movements so precisely that you can optimize your golf swing or your serve in tennis.

Your golf swing is not yet optimal? Then the Apple Watch can help you with watchOS 10. / © Apple


With two focal points—mental health and our eyes—Apple covers the health area. In the Mindfulness app, you can privately track your mental state. Noting the reason you're in a certain state should help you better understand and categorize how you're feeling.

Screenshots of the Mindfulness app on the Apple Watch
Tell the app how you feel. / © nextpit

There are also questionnaires for classification, such as those used by doctors. Thanks to these questions, you can learn to classify whether you should seek professional help. In addition, there are further articles on the topic of mental health that you can call up from the app. You can also use the new feature without the Apple Watch on your iPhone.

Apple is also concerned about our eyes. To help combat myopia in children, you can track whether the kids have had enough daylight. In addition, "Screen Distance" can detect whether we have been sitting too close to the display of our iPhones or iPads for too long—and we get a corresponding hint.

How to download and install the watchOS 10

Downloading and installing the latest version of watchOS is fairly straightforward. However, always remember to create a backup first. Here's a quick tutorial you can follow on your iPhone:

  1. Back up your Apple Watch sending your data to iCloud or your computer before installing a beta version.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. On Settings, click on General > Software Update.
  4. If available, you will see a message to install watchOS 10. Tap on Install.
  5. Enter your passcode and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Your Apple Watch will reboot.

Once your Apple Watch has rebooted, you will be running the watchOS 10.

watchOS 10 compatibility: Which Apple Watch models can be updated?

Despite the rumors, Apple continued to support the Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 10 later this year, maintaining compatibility with the same models as watchOS 9. Here is the complete list:

What do you think of watchOS 10 and the new features? Please let us know below in the comments.

Article updated on September, with additional information about the watchOS 10 availability.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food.

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