With watchOS 10, a number of Apple Watch apps, including the Heart Rate app, are redesigned. The new Apple Watch Heart Rate app has a nifty new capability in addition to a redesign.
With a new widgets UI, mental health capabilities like mood tracking, new watch faces, and redesigns coming with native apps like Weather, Stocks, Home, Maps, Messages, World Clock, and Heart Rate, watchOS 10 is a substantial upgrade for the Apple Watch experience.
The big picture With watchOS 10, Apple claims that “redesigned apps provide more information at a glance, and there are new ways to navigate and quickly access content.”
Here’s the watchOS 9 Heart Rate app with a gray tiled UI for comparison:
The design of the Apple Watch Heart Rate app in watchOS 10
WatchOS 10 is now in beta, however there is no way to downgrade to watchOS 9 if you install it on your Apple Watch. In our article, you can learn more about installing the beta.
When launching the Heart Rate app, you’ll see the new heart icon in a shadow as your watch reads your current pulse
When it pops up you’ll see the heart icon pulsing to the rhythm of your current heart rate – the new capability means you get to visualize your heartbeat in real time
The UI takes up the whole screen and features a neat ripple effect as each heartbeat pulses
Swipe or scroll down to see
Your daily heart rate range
Here are the most recent updates to the range, resting rate, and walking average screens. These aren’t as different from watchOS 9 and before, but they look better and include new “i” info buttons to learn more about resting and walking rates.
You’ll find the heart rate information for any workouts you’ve done for the day, as well as your cardio recovery stats, at the bottom. Here’s how it appears in watchOS 10: