WatchOS6 realisation...

Der Keyser

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Hmm, the announcement and intial beta reviews of WatchOS 6 made me realize that the Watch is almost perfected as it is now (WatchOS5) within Apples intended initial usecase - a companion to your iPhone.

WatchOS6 offers nothing remotely interesting until a “revelation” happens to companies and they start releasing Watch apps that are independantly usable (simple things like 3rd party authentication approval, 3rd party mobile payment apps and so on).

WatchOS 6 is only a milestone on the road towards complete independance from the iPhone, but until Apple reaches that goal (WatchOS 8 perhaps?), it looks to offer nothing apart from probably further slowing down older watches.

I don’t think my AW4 will get WatchOS 6 until some killer 3rd party apps starts to come along that requires the independant APP store.
 
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Fozziebear40

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A killer app for me will be streaming radio. I listen to BBC radio on my AirPods when out dog walking. It will be great not to have to take my iPhone with me. I hope this will happen with the streaming audio API Apple is enabling.
 

Thai

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NOISE app is the killer feature for WatchOS 6 for me. The rest i can pass.

AW4 should be able to handle OS6 without issue....OS 7 and beyond, i may hold off.
 

KarimLeVallois

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NOISE app is the killer feature for WatchOS 6 for me. The rest i can pass.

AW4 should be able to handle OS6 without issue....OS 7 and beyond, i may hold off.
Have no idea why they couldn't make the Noise App available for the Series 3...
 

KarimLeVallois

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Maybe the microphone on S3 is not of good quality or calibrated correctly?

Apparently, S4 microphone is professional grade according to a guy on twitter.
Maybe. It actually appeared on my Series 3 when I initially installed the first beta, but disappeared after I had to re-pair.
 

parseckadet

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It's even more clear after watching the Platforms State of the Union presentation that watchOS 6 is just the start. The example they walked through of updating a watch app to be independent was how to add the ability for a user to login to a service directly from the watch (i.e. replacing the "Please complete this step on your iPhone" dialog). The watch actually shows a PRIME example of where using "Sign in with Apple" will be a huge benefit.

I would not be surprised at all if Apple announces at WWDC next year that all watchOS 7 apps MUST be able to function without the iPhone in order to pass AppStore review.

Edit to add: I also wouldn't be shocked if there were something about Series 5 that allows it to be activated without an iPhone. Not saying that I expect it at this point, but it wouldn't surprise me either.
 

Der Keyser

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A killer app for me will be streaming radio. I listen to BBC radio on my AirPods when out dog walking. It will be great not to have to take my iPhone with me. I hope this will happen with the streaming audio API Apple is enabling.
Hmm, you’re right. That might also do it for me - here’s hoping most iPhone streaming apps will deliver an Apple Watch edition. My hopes for the National Danish Radio are not high :-(
PLEX, please wake up. Now it’s time to deliver the long missing Apple Watch app!
 

Sword86

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IMO, the fix would be to actually get voice texting to work. I’ve simply given up attempting to use it since nine times out of ten my AW is unresponsive. I’ll try today since I installed 6 last night, cleaned my watch up this a.m. and have a new Sport Loop I bought yesterday to go on. S