During the WWDC opening keynote, Kevin Lynch told us about all the new features of watchOS 7: sleep tracking, more types of training, AI for dance recognition, new spheres, and more. But They had to comment on some of the most interesting details.
ECG and Health App Improvements
L’Apple Watch, with HealthKit, it’s a health-focused device. In one of the sessions from this WWDC, Apple explained the news that will come in watchOS 7, and HealthKit described it this way:
HealthKit is an essential framework that integrates first and second-hand health and fitness data to help people manage their personal health information. Check out the latest updates to HealthKit, which provide read access to EKGs on Apple Watch, and record and track over a dozen new symptoms and their severity. We’ll also review the latest types of mobility data, such as walking speed and stride length, to help people monitor and understand their mobility over time.
In watchOS 7, Apple added a New API for third-party applications to access EKG data. Thanks to this function, developers will be able to access the EKG recordings that we have made to analyze them and offer us data concerning them.
In addition, Apple also increase the number of symptoms that can be recorded in the Health app of the 26 available in iOS 13.5.1 through 39, although some of them may appear in iOS 13.6.
Finally, Apple added four new types of mobility that HealthKit can measure:
- Walking speed and stride length.
- Asymmetry of rate and percentage of double support.
- Speed of up and down stairs.
- Six-minute walk test distance.
Content delivery with DRM
Much of the content we listen to via streaming on our devices is DRM protectedIn other words, it has a digital rights management mechanism that prevents us from copying or storing it.
Starting with watchOS 7, Apple Watch will support FairPlay, a technology that enables streaming of DRM protected content. Thanks to this support developers will be able to create content streaming apps that need this DRM.
After its official presentation in the fall, it is quite possible that we will see a significant proliferation of native music apps for Apple Watch. Apple actually describes the session in which these developments were presented in the following terms:
Deliver a smooth streaming audio experience right from the wrist. We will talk about some of the news to create great streaming apps exclusive to the Apple Watch. Find out how to integrate more audio formats, stream more efficiently with new codecs, and add encrypted content to expand your app’s media library.
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They may seem like small changes, but the direction is clear. That the Apple Watch is increasingly independent of our iPhone and continues to provide all the benefits of a device portable.