Apple Reveals watchOS 8: First Look at New Features

Apple today revealed watchOS 8, the next major version of its watchOS operating system, with brand new features, including enhancements to health tracking including a new Mindfulness app and improvements to the way users interact with their Apple Watch.

Screen Shot 2021 06 07 at 9
Referring to the Apple Watch face, ‌watchOS 8‌ now supports using portrait mode photos in the watch face, using data from the image to layer the date and time behind a subject in the photo. ‌watchOS 8‌ also gains support for Find Items, a new standalone app on the Apple Watch that will allow users to locate and find item part of the Find My network.
apple wwdc21 watchos8 find my 06072021 carousel
Introduced in iOS 15, Focus, which provides users with a powerful set of tools to reduce distractions during work, downtime, and more will also be coming to the Apple Watch.

watchOS 8 supports Focus, a powerful set of tools available in iOS 15 to help users reduce distraction and be in the moment. Apple Watch will automatically align with any Focus set on iOS, so that notifications from people and apps are filtered based on what a user is currently doing. Focus uses on-device intelligence to make suggestions based on usage patterns — for example, when starting a workout on Apple Watch, the Focus for fitness is suggested

apple wwdc21 watchos8 focus fitness 06072021 inline

‌watchOS 8‌ also features a redesigned Music app that makes it easier to share songs, albums, and more through iMessage. ‌watchOS 8‌ now also allows users to set multiple timers, features expanded support for the Always-On display in Apple Watch Series 4 or later for more apps such as Maps, Mindfulness, Now Playing, Phone, Podcasts, and more.

Related Roundup: WWDC 2022

Top Rated Comments

markgpearse Avatar
16 months ago
I still don’t understand why deleting texts on my iPhone or my iPad or my MacBook don’t cause those same texts to be deleted from my Apple Watch. Why is this so difficult?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
16 months ago
Not much of a WatchOS update.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
otternonsense Avatar
16 months ago
Not so much of an update after another year that was already not so much of an update.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SegNerd Avatar
16 months ago
So far the new watchOS does look like a fairly modest update, but let’s not forget that most new AppleWatch features are generally hardware-based, so the “big news” might have to wait for S7.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JackieTreehorn Avatar
16 months ago
I love enchantments

Attachment Image
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
User 6502 Avatar
16 months ago
Really underwhelming update…
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of watchOS 8 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Wednesday August 25, 2021 10:05 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the seventh beta of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming one week after Apple released the sixth watchOS 8 beta. To install ‌watchOS 8‌, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on ...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Releases watchOS 8.1 With SharePlay Fitness+ Group Workouts, Fall Detection Enhancements and More

Monday October 25, 2021 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today released watchOS 8.1, the first major update to the watchOS 8 operating system that launched in September. watchOS 8.1 is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 and later, and it comes one month after the release of watchOS 8. ‌‌watchOS ‌8.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the ...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Releases watchOS 8.1.1 With Fix for Apple Watch Series 7 Charging Issue

Thursday November 18, 2021 10:14 am PST by
Apple today released watchOS 8.1.1, a minor update to the watchOS 8 operating system that came out in September. watchOS 8.1.1 comes three weeks after the launch of watchOS 8.1, an update that added SharePlay Fitness+ group workouts and other features. ‌‌watchOS ‌8.1.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update....
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Releases watchOS 8.3 With Apple Music Voice Plan and App Privacy Report

Monday December 13, 2021 9:47 am PST by
Apple today released watchOS 8.3, the second major update to the watchOS 8 operating system that first launched in September. watchOS 8.3 comes more than a month after the launch of watchOS 8.1, and it is not known why Apple skipped version 8.2. ‌‌watchOS ‌8.3 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 8.5 to Developers

Tuesday February 15, 2022 10:02 am PST by
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 8.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after the release of the second watchOS 8.5 beta. To install ‌‌‌watchOS 8.5, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌‌‌watchOS 8.5‌‌‌ can be downloaded through the...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of watchOS 8 to Developers [Public Beta Available]

Tuesday August 31, 2021 10:02 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the eighth beta of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming one week after Apple released the seventh watchOS 8 beta. To install ‌watchOS 8‌, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 8.5 to Developers

Tuesday February 22, 2022 10:06 am PST by
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 8.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after the release of the third watchOS 8.5 beta. To install ‌‌‌watchOS 8.5, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌‌‌watchOS 8.5‌‌‌ can be downloaded through the...
watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature

Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of watchOS 8 to Developers

Tuesday September 14, 2021 11:47 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the release candidate version of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming one week after Apple released the eighth watchOS 8 beta. To install ‌watchOS 8‌, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded through the dedicated...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Rear Flat MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Predicted to Start With Increased 256GB Storage Alongside Rumored Price Increase

Wednesday August 10, 2022 11:14 am PDT by
Earlier today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed iPhone 14 Pro models will be more expensive than iPhone 13 Pro models. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing, but he said that the average selling price of all four iPhone 14 models will increase by about 15% overall. While higher prices would be disappointing for customers, it is possible the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will offer increased...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Silver

Kuo: Apple to Increase Prices of iPhone 14 Pro Models

Wednesday August 10, 2022 8:22 am PDT by
Apple plans to increase the prices of iPhone 14 Pro models compared to iPhone 13 Pro models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro models. However, in a tweet today, he estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15% compared to the iPhone 13 lineup. In the United States, the iPhone...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:08 am PDT by
The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing iPhone or perhaps get an iPhone for the first time. Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first iPhone, we've rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship...
battery percentage ios 16

Here's Why the iPhone Battery Status Icon in iOS 16 Is So Controversial

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:34 am PDT by
In the latest iOS 16 beta, Apple has updated the status bar battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to display the exact percentage remaining rather than just a visual representation of battery level, and while the change has been largely welcomed, some users are unhappy with the way it has been implemented. In iOS 15 and earlier, battery percent has not been present on iPhones that have...
Apple Watch Body Temperature Finished

'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Wednesday August 10, 2022 5:39 am PDT by
Apple has been granted a patent for a temperature sensor suitable for the Apple Watch, just weeks before the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 with body temperature sensing capabilities. The newly granted patent, spotted by MyHealthyApple, was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled "Temperature gradient sensing in electronic devices."...