10 Best watchOS 10 Features For Fitness, Health, & Productivity

 It’s been a month since Apple released watchOS 10, a landmark update bringing a new visual language to apps to view more information at a glance, a new Smart Stack to show useful widgets straight when they are required, interactive new watch faces, new and improved cycling and hiking features, tools to support mental health and more. 

With the watchOS 10 being official, it has arrived with several new and impressive features and improvements. A comprehensive app revamps for more information at a glance, advanced metrics, new experiences for cyclists, insights for mental and vision health, and more. Most probably, it’s the massive update since the introduction of the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, here are the exciting 10 best watchOS 10 features for fitness, health, and productivity.

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New Design with Familiar Apps

Apple Watch apps, including Weather, Stocks, Home, Maps, Messages, World Clock, and more, now make more use of the Apple Watch display to see more information at a glance. The Activity app on the Apple Watch and the Fitness app on iPhone makes it even easier to track daily activities with more details, improved sharing, a revamped trophy case, and Apple Fitness+ trainer tips. 

#1 Better Smart Stack

A new Smart Stack consists of widgets that display time information that adapts to the user’s context and can be easily revealed with a simple twist of the Digital Crown from any watch face. Smart Stack also allows users to enjoy a beautiful watch face, such as Portraits, while also providing a way to quickly access the information that matters to them. 

For example, at the beginning of the day, it will show the weather forecast, or while traveling, it will show the boarding pass from the smart Stack wallet. 

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#2 New Control Center

Now, with watchOS 10, you can easily access the Control Center using the side button, making it easy to open it at any time, over any app quickly. A quick double-click of the Digital Crown will redirect you to your previously used apps.

#3 New Watch Faces

watchOS 10 brings five new and interactive faces, including Snoopy, Palette, Solar Analog, Nike Globe, and Modular Ultra for Apple Watch Ultra. 

  1. With the Snoopy watch face, the characters interact and play with watch hands, react to the weather conditions of that particular area, and even get activated when the user does exercises. 
  2. The next watch face is Palette, which implies time in a wide range of colors using three extensive overlapping layers, and as time changes, the colors on the watch’s display also change.
  3. Yet another new watch face is Solar Analog, which depicts the time on a luminous dial while using light as well as shadow in order to reflect the position of the sun on an entire day.
  4. The Nike Globe’s face lights up the lines present on the globe with every passing second.
  5. The Modular Ultra watch face for Apple Watch Ultra takes advantage of its larger display of the Apple Watch Ultra and uses the outermost edge to present real-time data that includes seconds, altitude, or depth. 

 #4 NameDrop

Transferred through iOS 17, NameDrop makes exchanging the contact information with ease. Just place your Apple watch closer to someone’s iPhone. Furthermore, you can configure NameDrop by tapping the share button within the Contacts app’s My Card section or by using the My Card watch face complication.

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#5 Cycling 

Apple Watch is perfectly designed to meet the needs of cyclists, offering several features, including automatic workout remainders, a calorimeter for e-biking, as well as Fall Detection. Now, with watchOS 10 taking this popular activity further to the next level, Apple Watch has some new and advanced metrics, views, and experiences. 

When a cycling workout is started from an Apple Watch running watchOS 10, your iPhone will automatically show an option of Live Activity; tapping on it will utilize the full screen. Workout views, including heart rate zones, elevation, race route, custom workouts, and a new cycling speed view optimized for the iPhone’s display size, can be easily mounted on the bike’s handlebars for convenient and easy viewing while riding. 

Now, the Apple Watch can be automatically connected to Bluetooth-enabled cycling accessories like power meters, speed sensors, and cadence sensors, enabling brand-new metrics such as cycling power (watts) and cadence (RPM) and additional workout views, like power zones. 

#6 Hiking 

With watchOS 10, Compass automatically generates two new waypoints when available, a last cellular connection waypoint that will estimate the last place with cellular reception, which might be useful for checking messages and making calls. During emergencies, a last emergency call waypoint will determine which route the device was last connected to any currently available carrier network so that emergency calls can be made.

watchOS 10 also brings a new Elevation view that uses altimeter data, providing a three-dimensional view of certain saved waypoints. In addition, in the US, Apple Maps now displays a new topographic map sporting counter lines, hill shading, elevation details, and points of interest. Users can also search for nearby trails using their Apple Watch.

 #7 Mental Health

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watchOS 10 has a Mindfulness app with which users can carefully and conveniently log their emotions at the moment as well as their daily moods. Moreover, users can scroll through attractive, multicolored shapes to reflect on how they are feeling, choose what delivers an impact on them, and turn the Digital Crown to further describe their feelings.   

#8 Vision Health

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the supreme cause of vision impairment worldwide. Hence, the International Myopia Institute offers a recommendation that children should spend at least 80-120 minutes a day playing outdoor activities in order to reduce the risk of Myopia. With watchOS 10, using the ambient light sensor, the Apple Watch brings the ability to measure the time spent in daylight. As a result, users can get an additional advantage to their mental as well as physical health.

#9 Enterprise 

With the watchOS 10, the Apple Watch brings new enterprise customer features to improve the productivity and security of an individual in the office or in the field. These include hands-free communication and responding to notifications on the go or Fall Detection on a job site. watchOS 10 also brings support for Mobile Device Management (MDM), allowing enterprise customers to remotely install apps and access accounts of devices, along with features like passcode enforcement accessing Wi-Fi and VPN settings. This update can be further helpful in improving employee wellness, productivity, safety monitoring, and health. 

#10 Apple Fitness+

In watchOS 10, Apple Fitness+ offers a Custom Plans feature, which is a new way of receiving a custom workout or meditation schedule based on day, duration, workout type, and more. In addition, there is a Stack that allows users to choose multiple workouts and meditations to perform back-to-back tasks seamlessly.

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