Apple recently unveiled watchOS 10, a significant update that aims to bring innovative and improved features to the Apple Watch.
Small business owners using the Apple Watch can look forward to an array of exciting new functions designed to support productivity, wellness, and seamless access to essential data.
With an overall refresh of the design language and interface, watchOS 10 promises a unique user experience, offering easy access to information and improved navigation.
Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface Design, Alan Dye, mentioned, “With watchOS 10, we’ve redesigned the interface, allowing users to experience Apple Watch like never before.”
The update features redesigned apps that provide users with more information at a glance. Additionally, a new Smart Stack, which can display timely information adapting to the user’s context, is introduced. This innovative feature will offer proactive, pertinent details right from the watch face. For instance, the Weather app will display the day’s forecast or provide boarding passes from Wallet when the user is traveling.
For small business owners who rely on a range of applications throughout their day, this feature can provide quick and easy access to necessary information, making multitasking more efficient. Whether it’s glancing at a stock market update, checking the day’s schedule, or quickly responding to an urgent message, the new Smart Stack brings essential data to the forefront.
Developers also stand to benefit from the new design language as they can update their apps to offer users more compelling experiences. For instance, the NBA app now displays more engaging game details and team colors, while the Streaks app utilizes the entire screen to show progress and tasks.
Adding an artistic touch, watchOS 10 introduces two new watch faces – Palette and Snoopy. The Palette face uses a variety of colors to depict time, shifting as the time changes. The Snoopy face brings the beloved Peanuts comic strip to life, featuring interactive characters that play with the watch hands and react to the weather conditions in the user’s area.
Cyclist users, too, can anticipate advancements with watchOS 10. The new update provides enhanced metrics, views, and experiences for this popular activity. When a cycling workout is initiated from the Apple Watch, it automatically appears as a Live Activity on the iPhone. This feature provides real-time tracking, which can be conveniently viewed during the ride when the iPhone is mounted to the bike.
The latest version also integrates additional tools within the Mindfulness app to support mental health, an area of growing interest among busy professionals and entrepreneurs. This emphasis on wellness aligns with the rising trend of focusing on mental health in the business sector.