Today in San Francisco, Apple made some of its biggest announcements of the year at its “Hey Siri” conference. Hundreds of developers and Apple-product lovers gathered at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to hear the latest news about Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Pro and much more. Hours before the event, details were leaked about the Apple Watch, including a new red band and the latest software update, WatchOS 2.0. The newest models ship Sept. 16.
Smart watch owners who purchased the first version earlier this year mostly used the device to monitor their health and track their activity. All that could change in the next version which promises thousands more apps better suited for the small screen. But what does WatchOS 2.0 mean for meetings?
Before the newest software update, fewer apps could run natively. With WatchOS 2.0, event apps will require less customization and can tap into built-in watch technology. Without tethering through third-party devices, apps will have increased performance and speed. TechCrunch anticipates more subcategories of apps customized for the Apple Watch, and developer interest is also expected to increase.
Enhanced sensors will take event activities to the next level. Features such as Taptic Engine, Digital Crown and accelerometer can gather bio data and integrate with games and technology to engage attendees. Planners can track the attendee experience in a whole new way.
Professionals no longer need to dig through their bags to find mobile devices. Watch-wearers can now respond to emails or push notifications that flash across the screen with relevant replies available in list form. Prompts are especially useful on the event floor, such as to inform attendees when the next talk is happening.
For the meeting professional on-the-go, transit information comes to your wrist. Pull up directions, maps and the best routes from your current location through the transit app. You can even access train, subway and bus schedules from select cities.
Apple Pay has improved accessibility on the Apple Watch. This is especially useful during event check-in or when paying for products or services on the trade show floor. Now you can select from a number of credit cards and even add rewards points through the payment feature.
With WatchOS 2.0, Siri is your personal assistant and will help you plan meetings. Just use your voice to complete tasks such as reviewing your list of things to do, calculating tips or checking “Glances.” Better meetings will soon be on everyone’s watch.