Apple updates watchOS 10 with widgets, maps, mindfulness and more.

Apple has previewed the upcoming watchOS 10 upgrade for its Apple Watch, which includes a refreshed user interface with a focus on widgets, updated first-party apps, and other new features. The Apple Watch’s user interface has not seen a significant update in many years, despite new features and a larger screen size. Many top third-party apps have pulled out of the Apple Watch App Store in recent years, opting to reach their users through notifications instead. To address this shift, Apple is introducing new widgets in watchOS 10, allowing users to preview updates in a familiar format. The widgets will update throughout the day as needed, allowing users to track things like medication times or sleep data. Apple is also refreshing its core smartwatch apps, including World Clock and the Activity App. New watch faces and a cycling workout feature have also been added. The Compass app will now generate two new waypoints, and Maps will gain new topographic maps with trailheads. Developers will have access to high-frequency motion data to track things like swinging a golf club or tennis racket. A new feature for the Mindfulness app allows users to track their emotions and daily mood. With Family Setup, parents can track their child’s time and daylight even if they don’t have their own iPhone. Bloomberg predicts that the watchOS 10 upgrade will be one of the most significant updates to the OS since the Apple Watch first debuted.