Apple is reportedly developing the most substantial software update to watchOS in recent memory. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the company is redesigning the Apple Watch’s user interface to make modules a “central part” of the wearable’s functionality. Gurman explains that the new user interface reintroduces elements of the Glances system from the original watchOS while borrowing the “style” of the modules Apple introduced alongside iOS 14 in 2016.
He adds that the new interface will be “reminiscent” of the Siri watch face introduced by Apple with watchOS 4 in 2017 but will function as an overlay for any watch face of your choosing. “It’s also similar to widget stacks,” Gurman continues, referring to the iOS feature that enables you to navigate through stacked widgets.
Apple is reportedly evaluating a modification to the Apple Watch’s physical controls at the same time. With the interface redesign, tapping down on the digital crown could activate the operating system’s new modules view, as opposed to transporting you to the main screen as it does with watchOS 9’s dial.
Gurman speculates that Apple will initially make the new interface optional due to the likelihood that some users will find the redesign startling. In addition, he suggests that the redesign is an acknowledgment that an iPhone-like app experience “doesn’t always make sense on a watch – a place where you want as much information as possible with the least amount of poking around.” With WWDC 2023 a little more than a month away, it won’t be long before Apple reveals more details about the next major software update for the Apple Watch.
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