Apple announced watchOS 10 for all compatible Apple Watch models earlier this month at its WWDC 2023 event. The update came as no surprise as it packs a plethora of changes and features that have been received quite well by reviewers and developers. Apple wants to simplify the watchOS experience by introducing iOS-inspired features and other updates. We can easily say that watchOS 10 is the biggest update since the original Apple Watch launched in 2015.
watchOS 10 takes advantage of the larger Apple Watch display, offering an all-new app design language, Smart Stack, and a new Home screen layout
Apple wants users to feel at home when using their Apple Watch, and the new app stack, widgets, and new Home screen layout in watchOS 10 do it all. watchOS 10 can be considered Apple’s biggest update to the Apple Watch since 2015 considering the number of front-facing additions it brings to the table. If you have a compatible Apple Watch, learn all the reasons why watchOS 10 will change the way you use your Apple Watch.
New Apple apps
Over the years, Apple has increased the display size of its wearable. With watchOS 10, Apple is the design language of apps. The company previously unveiled its Weather, Stocks, Maps and Home apps at the WWDC 2023 event. The apps now make better use of the Apple Watch’s larger display and will change the way you use the wearable.
New watch faces
Apple’s watch faces on Apple Watch are one of a kind, and the company is introducing two new options with watchOS 10. With the next update, Apple Watch users will be able to enjoy new watch faces featuring Snoopy and Woodstock from the iconic Peanuts cartoon . You also get additional watch faces that look stunning on the larger display.
Stacks of smart widgets
As mentioned above, watchOS 10 includes new iOS-inspired features. Apple introduced Home screen widgets with iOS 14, and the feature has finally arrived on the Apple Watch. You can access widgets by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen on your Apple Watch or by turning the Digital Crown. Widgets are designed to give you an overview of information based on your preferences. Apple executives say Widget Stacks are an evolution of Glances. The widgets alone make watchOS 10 the biggest update in terms of design language and variation.
Renewed Compass app
The Compass app in watchOS has always been more or less similar. With watchOS 10, the Apple Watch will give directions in a new and easier to understand way. It will tell you the last available seat with cellular reception. This will make it easier for you to reach a specific point to make calls in an emergency.
New home screen layout
While it hasn’t received its fair amount of attention, watchOS 10 comes with a brand new Home screen layout. Up until watchOS 9. the Home screen featured a honeycomb layout of apps. While it looks good, the app icons were too small to maneuver on such a small display. With watchOS 10, app icons are now larger and neatly arranged that you can tap with ease. You can no longer swipe left or right to find apps. The apps are honeycombed but arranged vertically. Note that you can still choose to use list or grid view for your home screen layout.
Mental health integration
watchOS 10 will finally focus on mental health issues, helping in the relevant situation and condition. You can record how you feel and for best results, you are required to enter what you feel twice a day. The new Mindfulness app will record your mood and emotions with interactive abstract images that allow users to better describe their feelings. You can check more details on the Apple official website.
All of these new additions make watchOS 10 the biggest update since the original Apple Watch launched in 2015. It gives you a new way to interact with your Apple Watch and offers a whole new experience with redesigned apps and interfaces. You can check if your Apple Watch is compatible with watchOS 10 here. Finally, watchOS 10 will be available on all compatible Apple Watch models later this year alongside iOS 17 and other updates.
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