WatchOS 10 will bring significant changes to the Apple Watch, including an all-new system of widgets, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
New WatchOS 10 widgets to revolutionize how users interact with Apple Watch
As revealed by Gurman in the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, widgets will become a central part of the Apple Watch’s interface and will be reminiscent of the Siri watch face introduced in watchOS 4. This feature will be an overlay for any Apple Watch face and will allow users to scroll through a series of different widgets for activity tracking, weather, stock tickers, calendar appointments, and more.
The move is a departure from the app-centric experience that existing Apple Watch users are used to. Instead of launching apps, users will be able to scroll through a series of widgets, making the Apple Watch more convenient to use. Apple is also testing changes to the functions performed by the Apple Watch’s buttons, with a press of the Digital Crown now potentially launching the new widgets view, rather than navigating to the home screen.
According to Gurman, the new interface is an admission that an iPhone-like app experience “doesn’t always make sense on a watch” since “Apple Watch apps have barely caught on.” The changes are part of what Gurman claims will be one of the Apple Watch’s biggest software updates since its introduction and the most significant change to the Apple Watch this year, as only minor hardware updates are expected to be unveiled later this year.
Apple may make the new watchOS 10 interface optional, allowing existing users to continue using the app-centric interface if they prefer. However, the new widgets interface is likely to be a hit with users, making the Apple Watch more convenient and easier to use. With the new widgets interface, users will be able to see important information at a glance, without having to launch an app.
Overall, the new widgets interface is an exciting development for Apple Watch users. With this new feature, the Apple Watch will become more intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier for users to stay on top of their schedules, fitness goals, and more. We can’t wait to see what other features and improvements Apple has in store for the Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 10.