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Apple upgrades Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is more than just a sleek device that adorns the wrist.

With Cambodians becoming more internet-savvy than ever, and for whom social media is a byword for the world wide web, with its latest updates Apple is hoping consumers can utilize its Apple Watch series to monitor the web, facebook, track their health, fitness and much more.

Apple are set to release watchOS 6, which it claims can empower users to better manage their health and fitness, gives access to dynamic new watch faces and the App Store directly on Apple Watch.

“Apple Watch has become an indispensable part of our customers’ everyday lives, from helping users stay connected to the people and information they care about, to inspiring them to live a better and more active day,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s CEO.

“watchOS 6 extends our commitment to helping users better manage their health and fitness with powerful and personal new tools.”

The whirrs and thuds of construction around the Cambodian capital and its environs can test even the best of us. And while Cambodian anti-noise pollution laws specify strict limits, enforcement is lacking. And here is where Apple’s Watch can help.

Studies have shown that hearing loss has been associated with cognitive decline. With the optimal position of Apple Watch on the wrist, the Noise app helps users understand the sound levels in environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively impact hearing. As the sound levels change, the app’s decibel meter moves in real time. The watch can send a notification if the decibel level reaches 90 decibels, which can begin to impact hearing after four hours per week of exposure at this level, according to the World Health Organization.

A 2010 study conducted in by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the WHO found that 15.4 per cent of Cambodians are overweight or clinically obese.

With the Activity app on your Apple Watch, you can track how much you move, exercise, and stand from day to day. The fitness tracking does more than counting steps or tracking calories. It focuses on overall health, differentiating between movement and actual exercise.

The new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone now gives users a long-term view of their activity behaviour to help them understand their progress. The tab shows whether the trends are up or down for key metrics such as active calories, exercise minutes, walking pace and others.

A long-awaited feature is watchOS 6 finally bringing the App Store directly to Apple Watch. Users can easily install third-party apps, search for apps using Siri, dictation or Scribble and view app product pages designed for the watch screen right from the wrist. Developers can build Apple Watch-only apps, created to work independently on Apple Watch without an iOS app.

watchOS 6 also introduces dynamic new watch faces and direct access to popular apps like Voice Memos, Audiobooks and Calculator.

With prices starting at $399 and going all the way up to$1,499, the Apple watch is not cheap for an accessory. But Apple hopes consumers can benefit from the unique functions of a remarkable device.

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