watchOS 11 officially revealed at WWDC 2024

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Apple has just unveiled its brand-new Apple Watch software for 2024, watchOS 11. The new software is coming to all of the best Apple Watch models including the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 later this year.

Adding new algorithmic training metrics to help with training load, it's a huge step to helping avoid injury.

You'll also be able to adjust your Activity rings based on the day of the week, and adjust your targets if you're injured or otherwise busy.

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WatchOS 11 will calculate training loads, helping you avoid injury by tracking your exertion on any given workout.

We've long asked for a rest day option, and it appears Apple has been listening, since we can now adjust our Activity Rings on a per-day basis, or simply wind down our activity targets or pause workouts.

A new Vitals app will check in on your daily health status, too, showing when your metrics have changed from your baseline to help you work out the effects various things like rest, alcohol, or a big workout can have on your body.

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The new Vitals app on Apple Watch (Image credit: Apple)

Apple also confirms that your Apple Watch will help track the gestational age of a new pregnancy.

Smart Stack will now surface apps you need more often, while Live Activities will also be opened up for Apple's wearable.

A new Photos face is also coming, with additional customization options for setting your own watch face.

watchOS 11, coming soon to:

Apple Watch Series 9 | $329 at Amazon

Apple Watch Series 9 | $329 at Amazon

You can save almost 25% on the current model of Apple Watch at Amazon right now if blood pressure monitoring isn't of interest to you.

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.