To kick off their WWDC 2016 event, Apple revealed the upcoming launch of a new operating system for the Apple Watch, called Watch OS 3, which comes with a range of faster features.

The new OS is focused on performance, allowing users to keep apps running in memory to receive background updates and refreshed information, whilst decreasing the amount of time it takes for users to launch that app.

On top of this, watchOS3 also adds a Control Center which allows for access to quick options by swiping down. You can also switch through watch faces from the lock screen by simply swiping left or right.

There’s also new reply options in Messages, with a new touch keyboard called Scribble that lets you draw out messages.

Apple also added support for wheelchair users in this update, replacing stand time with roll time, and bringing wheelchair-optimised activity rings, workouts and apps.

There’s also a new SOS function that will allow you to call the emergency services using your iPhone’s signal over your Apple Watch, which will also send all of your emergency contacts a notification with your location and MedicalID data.

This will be activated by pressing and holding the side button on the Apple Watch.

You’ll also find some new apps in watchOS3, with the inclusion of Reminders, Find My Freinds and a brand new app called Breathe, which will guide you through simple, deep breathing sessions.

watchOS 3 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch. Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later.

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