The Apple Watch can now tell when you're damaging your ears

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  • Sunday, 09 Jun 2019

Apple is expanding on its health focus by helping you watch out for noise that could damage your hearing.

In few other areas does Apple have as big a lead over its competitors than with the Apple Watch. While Google has struggled to keep up with its Wear OS alternative, Apple is now doubling down on its smartwatch success.

After last year unveiling a watch that can check for irregularities in your heartbeat, this year Apple is expanding on its health focus by helping you watch out for noise that could damage your hearing.

With the forthcoming release of watchOS 6, teased at the annual WWDC developer event, the Apple Watch will be able to measure and display noise levels, and even prompt you if it thinks there's a risk of you damaging your hearing.

Another nice new feature is the watch's ability to silently chime the hours with subtle vibration. You can also use your watch to identify a song you hear just by asking "Siri, what song is this?"

The next update, set to arrive later this year, also brings an individual App Store to your watch. Android smartwatches have long had their own version of the Play Store, but Apple users have had to reach for their iPhone to install an app on the watch.

The watch is also getting access to iPhone functions like the calculator, audiobooks and voice memos. – dpa

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