The latest software update for the Apple Watch, watchOS 4.1, is now available for all users to download. The update brings a slew of promised features to the new Series 3 Watch, including Apple Music and Radio streaming support, GymKit compatibility, and a Wi-Fi toggle option in the Control Center.
The Apple Watch Series 3 has been available since mid-September, but a couple of major features did not accompany the device at launch. Series 3 devices with LTE service will be able to stream content from Apple Music and Radio with this update, as well as content from the user’s iCloud Music Library. Previously, Apple Watch models could only sync selected playlists from iTunes for playback through connected wireless earbuds. Now, those with an LTE-supported device can use that data service or Wi-Fi to stream content no matter where they are (as long as the wireless connection is decent) and without the paired iPhone present. The update also brings a new Radio app that lets users stream radio stations like Beats1 and stations accessible via Apple Music subscriptions.
WatchOS 4.1 brings GymKit to the Series 3, allowing the device to connect to compatible exercise equipment to share data. This means users will be able to pair the Series 3 with a capable treadmill, elliptical, or other gym machine to display data like heart rate directly on the machine. Compatible gym equipment will also share data like distance with the Series 3 so it can capture more accurate in-gym workout data.
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