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Apple's WWDC 2024: New WatchOS Introduces Live Activities to Apple Watch

Innovative Features for iPhones and Other Devices Revealed at Apple's Premier Event

NEWS  Apple  June 14, 2024  Reading time: 2 Minute(s)

mdo Max (RS editor)

Apple's WWDC 2024 event captured significant attention, thanks to the introduction of new features in iOS 18 for iPhones—many of which have been familiar to Android users for years. The tech giant also announced a suite of updates for iPadOS 18, macOS 15 (Sequoia), tvOS, visionOS 2, and watchOS 11, showcasing its commitment to enhancing user experiences across all devices.


WatchOS 11 will include the Translate app on the Apple Watch this fall. This app supports translations among 20 languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Ukrainian, and Portuguese. It has been available since 2020 with iOS 14. With watchOS 11, Apple Watch users will soon be able to translate languages directly from their wrists, enhancing communication and convenience on the go.

In a fresh report by MacRumors, it has been revealed that watchOS 11 will also bring Live Activities to the Apple Watch. Live Activities, introduced with iOS 16, revolutionized the way iPhone users interact with their devices by eliminating the need for multiple notifications when tracking events like deliveries or sports scores. Instead, users receive a dynamically updating Live Activity box that provides real-time information directly on the lock screen.


Apple describes Live Activities as a more flexible way to keep users updated about live events, activities, or tasks, especially for apps with frequent content and status updates. This feature significantly enhances user engagement by providing timely information without overwhelming them with notifications.

With watchOS 11, Live Activities will be integrated into the Apple Watch in a smart and seamless manner, mirroring the iPhone's Live Activities. When a Live Activity is active on your iPhone, it will automatically appear on your paired Apple Watch. On the smartwatch, Live Activities will be displayed in the Smart Stack, accessible by rotating the digital crown. The Smart Stack will pop up on the lock screen, with Live Activity updates appearing at the top when new information is available.

The public release of watchOS 11 is scheduled for this fall, while the developer beta is already available for download. WatchOS 11 will be compatible with Apple Watch Series 6 and later models, ensuring that a wide range of users can take advantage of these new features.



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