What’s new in watchOS 6
App Store on Apple Watch With watchOS 6 you can browse and download watch apps directly on your wrist with the App Store app on your Apple Watch. See Get apps from the App Store.
Compass app (Apple Watch Series 5 only) The Compass app shows the direction your Apple Watch Series 5 is facing, your current location, and elevation. See Use the compass.
Listen to audiobooks Audiobooks are now available on Apple Watch, and they’re easy to enjoy when you’re on the go. The next five hours of the audiobook you’re currently reading is synced to Apple Watch so it’s ready to play, even when you’ve left your iPhone behind. See Play audiobooks.
Smarter Siri Love the song that’s playing but don’t know what it is? Raise your wrist and say “What song is this?” A raise of the wrist can also answer your burning questions. Ask a question and answers from the web appear on the watch face. See Use Siri.
Hearing health The Noise app measures the ambient sounds in your environment and can display a notification when sound levels may affect your hearing. See Measure noise levels.
Cycle tracking Use the Cycle Tracking app to log daily information about your menstrual cycle. See Use the Cycle Tracking app.
Check your activity progress over time The new Trends feature on iPhone shows whether an activity metric is headed up or down over time, so you can keep it going or turn it around. See Check your trends.
Always On display (Apple Watch Series 5 only) Apple Watch can show the watch face and time, even when your wrist is down. See Always On.
More watch faces Switch things up with new watch faces for Apple Watch Series 4 and later—Modular Compact, Solar Dial, Gradient, California, Meridian, and Infograph Fullscreen. All Apple Watch models gain the Numerals Duo and Numerals Mono watch faces. Customize your watch face with more complications like Activity and Voice Memos. See Apple Watch faces and their features.
Experience Music on Apple Watch View and add songs to the Up Next queue, browse the contents of albums and playlists more easily, and jump to the playlist or album of the currently playing song. See Play music.
Making calculations With the new Calculator app, add, subtract, multiply, and divide right on Apple Watch. In addition to sums, Calculator can help you figure out an appropriate tip and calculate how to split the check evenly. See Use Calculator.
Voice Memos Turn your Apple Watch into a wrist-worn audio recorder that you can use to capture personal notes. See Record and play voice memos.
Redesigned Reminders Add new reminders, get proactive suggestions based on tasks you routinely perform, and view shared lists, subtasks, and attachments. See Set and respond to reminders.
Animoji and Memoji support You can now add Animoji and Memoji stickers to messages sent from your Apple Watch. See Send messages.