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watchOS 9 will track more metrics than ever before

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The Apple Watch is still one of the most popular wearables available today. That said, the device still has some ways to go before it catches up to a burgeoning smartwatch market. Today, Apple announced the watchOS 9, making a brilliant case that the Apple Watch has what it takes to keep up with the rest.

A watch face for everyone

Besides watchOS 9, Apple also unveiled iOS 16. In that particular update, the company introduced a more personalized Lock Screen brimming with more information. Now, watchOS 9 is following in the same footsteps. The update features more personalization with customized looks.

Additionally, users can configure what information is shown in four new faces: Lunar, which includes a lunar calendar to assist cultures dependent on the moon; Astronomy, a face which includes a star map; Metropolitan, a type-driven face that can be customized by rotating the crown; and, Playtime, a dynamic, casual face designed by Joi Fulton.

A better workout

watchOS 9 now offers more information for those on a workout. Operated with the crown, Workout Views lets users check metrics for different training styles. Further, Heart Rate Zones can more accurately detect how intense your workout is.

A new feature is also a boon for triathletes. The new Multisport workout mode allows users to switch between different workouts in one session.

Meanwhile, runners are also getting a boost with new observable metrics to track how effective a run is: stride length, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation. Runners can also start racing against their previous lap times to check their pace.

Sleep more soundly

For those who take their Apple Watch to sleep, watchOS 9 will be able to measure different sleep stages to accurately depict a user’s sleep. With the update, users can see when they enter REM, core, or deep sleep.

A medication tracker

Medication can be a hard routine to track. Sometimes, taking medication mindlessly can make you forget whether or not you took what you needed to take. With the new Medications app, Watch users can track what they took throughout the day. It even gives scheduled alerts to remind users when to take medicine. Further, it will notify users of any potentially dangerous interactions they should avoid when taking their medicine, such as avoiding alcohol.

watchOS 9 will roll out later this fall.

SEE ALSO: Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

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iOS 16 will finally let users lock their NSFW photos

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More privacy is always a good thing. Several big names in the tech industry have shifted more focus on keeping their users’ information private. Now, it’s harder for third parties to obtain information without explicit permission. Revealed during the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, a new iOS 16 feature will increase your iPhone’s privacy features even further.

Starting in iOS 16, users can finally lock their most sensitive photos in the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums.

Both folders aren’t new, though. Recently Deleted is a default album that contains, as the name says, recently deleted photos that you might want to restore in the future. On the other hand, the Hidden album was introduced in iOS 15 and hid sensitive photos away from the main album.

So, if Apple already offered a way to hide photos, what’s different for iOS 16? For one, the Hidden album isn’t exactly hidden. It doesn’t require a password, and prying eyes can still easily open the folder if they know where to look.

With the latest update, the Hidden album will need authentication — Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode — for access. It’s a huge step up from what Apple currently does.

It’s also a much-needed catch-up to Apple’s friends on the Android side. Google recently introduced its own Locked Folder during last year’s Google I/O event.

While it’s not the ultimate solution against unwarranted photo leaks, it’s a succinct way to protect your private photos from most prying eyes.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16’s Messages will finally let users edit and delete messages

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These iPhone models will not get iOS 16

A loss for these iPhones

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During the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, Apple hyped up the upcoming update to its mobile operating system. Much like its predecessors, iOS 16 is packing a lot of features when it drops later this fall. Unfortunately, not everyone will receive the update. As always, a few older iPhones will not support the update.

It’s not unheard of. Because iOS 16 will deliver new features, some iPhone models won’t have the necessary capabilities needed to support what’s coming to the Apple ecosystem — at least, that’s how the usual thinking goes. Aside from the obviously more dated models, the following iPhone models will stop receiving major updates starting with iOS 16:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 7 series
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)

For reference, the iPhone 6s came out in 2015. The iPhone 7 series and the original iPhone SE, on the other hand, launched in 2016. All things considered, the soon-to-be-outdated models had a great run. Whereas most Android phones can expect between four to five years of guaranteed major updates, Apple extended its own ecosystem’s life cycle.

However, public reception is still tepid to dropping the above models from the ecosystem. Compared to other brands, Apple is firmly in the upper echelon when it comes to price. Eking out a few more years of viability is always a plus.

That said, these models will continue to be usable, albeit without the latest features. If you have one of these phones but are also looking for compatibility with iOS 16, now might be a good time to upgrade.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will offer personalized lock screens

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MetalFX is Apple’s latest experiment to turn Mac into a gaming device

Smoother frames at higher resolutions

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Years after the PC established itself as the preferred desktop gaming platform, Apple has yet to make a crack at the former’s dominance. However, with all the hardware that Apple is touting over the years, you’d expect some improvements for gamers. You’d be right. While Apple is still dominant when it comes to mobile gaming, the company also showed off its new chops with desktop gaming. Complemented by the M2 chip, MetalFX is Apple’s new way of bringing smooth gaming to the Mac.

Simply put, MetalFX is Apple’s answer to NVIDIA’s and AMD’s upscaling technology. With the new technology, Macs will render frames more smoothly and with better graphics. As a result, Macs can play games more efficiently and at higher resolutions.

Besides the graphical upgrades from MetalFX, Mac’s new technology will also load resources faster and reduce loading times.

To boast its new capabilities, Apple is bringing in huge titles like the critically acclaimed Resident Evil Village. Capcom, who was present during WWDC 2022, promised that the horror game will run on 1080p on a MacBook Air. Further, other titles like No Man’s Sky and Grid Legends will make their way to the platform as well.

For the past few years now, gaming technology has come a long way to deliver the best gaming experiences even on lower-end devices. Upscaling technology and cloud gaming are pioneering huge strides for gamers. If Apple properly implements the technology into their own devices, will we see a sudden evolution of the Mac as a believable gaming platform?

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the M2 chip

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