watchOS 3 is ready for your wrist

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With watchOS 3, Apple is promising pretty new features -- and an end to that depressing lag.
Apple Watch feels all-new thanks to watchOS 3.
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Apple Watch owners just got a big update today in the form of watchOS 3 that completely changes the way you use Apple’s wearable.

The huge new update comes after months of beta testing by developers and public testers, adding new features like a Breathe app, the ability to unlock your Mac, a new Dock for apps, faster performance and more.

watchOS 3 can be installed on your Apple Watch after you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 10. To add the new software, simply go to the Software Update section within the Watch app for iOS. Devices must be connected to a charger and have at least 50 percent battery before the process can begin.

Apple’s big watchOS update adds better fitness features in the Activity app, more Complications, swappable watch faces, a Home app, improved Siri, support for wheelchair users, handwriting input for Messages, Apple Pay within apps and an SOS feature.

For a deeper dive into all the new goodies, check out Cult of Mac’s monstrous guide on how to make the most of watchOS 3.