The biggest problem that Apple Watch’s face are with their apps, especially the time it takes for the app to load, and the limited features that developers are baking in. Apple has done a major overhaul to fixt these problems with watchOS, and so this fall there will be a free upgrade for all Apple Watch owners.
On Monday, during the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Apple showed previews of a number of new features that will be coming to watchOS 3. Let’s look at just the major changes that are going to give Apple Watch new life.
Apple Watch owners are aware of the fight launching apps. By the time the app finally opens, most users have given up turning to their iPhone for assistance. Apple Watch apps will immediately launch in watchOS 3, but not just Apple’s native apps along with third-party ones.
Just like in iOS, the Apple Watch will have its own app switcher. You can dock your most-used apps in and then swipe between them. In the dock, at a glance you’ll see the most recent information, which is much more useful than the current slow-loading glances view.
Apple is also going to have Reminders and Find My Friends apps to the Apple Watch so you can see your to-do lists and check things off and see how far your family/friends are from you.
Bringing competition to workouts
One of the most used features of Apple Watch is the Activity, which shows you just how near you are to your daily fitness goals. Apple gives these features a large upgrade in watchOS 3 offering a Fitbit-like feature. The next-gen operating system is going to put an activity-sharing feature on the Apple watch.
It works by swiping to the right of your activity rings to see your friends’ and family’s rings. You can sort the list by step workouts, exercise minutes, count, etc. You’ll can send messages directly within the Activity app with new pre-written smart replies to encourage those in your ring.
At the forefront of developing features is Apple keeping in mind accessibility for all users, which is why watchOS 3’s Activity app even has settings for wheelchair users.
Minnie mouse, messaging, and much more
The new fitness features and increased speed are watchOS 3’s biggest upgrades, but Apple will also add a ton of small tweaks that will help to make the Apple Watch easier to use.
There is a new Control Center view, so you will be able to swipe up from the bottom of your watch screen to quickly access your settings, in the same manner as your iPhone.
Messaging also gets easier in watchOS 3—there will no need to tap to Reply before you select a way to respond. You can also send a message called Scribble in a new manner. However, there is still no Apple Watch keyboard, but rather than choosing a pre-written reply or having to dictate a voice response, you will be able to scrawl letters on the screen, which the watch will transpose into text. Scribble works in English or Mandarin.