Gurman: Widgets to Be 'Central Part' of watchOS 10's Interface

watchOS 10 will introduce an all-new system of widgets for interacting with the Apple Watch, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that widgets will become a "central part" of the Apple Watch's interface with ‌watchOS 10‌. He compared the new system to Glances, the widgets interface that launched on the original Apple Watch before being scrapped within a few years, and the style of widgets that iOS 14 brought to the iPhone.

siriwatchfaceseries4The Siri watch face introduced in watchOS 4.

The new interface will apparently be "reminiscent" of the ‌Siri‌ watch face that was introduced in watchOS 4, but as an overlay for any Apple Watch face. "It's also similar to widget stacks, a feature in iOS and iPadOS that lets users pile many widgets into one and scroll through them," Gurman added.

The plan is to let users scroll through a series of different widgets — for activity tracking, weather, stock tickers, calendar appointments and more — rather than having them launch apps.

Apple is also apparently testing changes to the functions performed by the Apple Watch's buttons. For example, a press of the Digital Crown may now launch the new widgets view, rather than navigate to the home screen.

Gurman believes that the move 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." Due to being a radical departure from the app-centric experience existing Apple Watch users are used to, Apple may make the new interface optional.

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.

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Top Rated Comments

DMG35 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I'd just be happy if Apple would open up a watch face store where devs could submit their own watch faces based on some parameters that Apple set. There are so many cool faces that would come out of that. Maybe one day.
Score: 53 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
4 weeks ago

yeah, get rid of the digital crown while your at it and replace it with simple buttons
And add a notch also.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
4 weeks ago
Hopefully, these widgets do not drain the battery life of the Apple Watch. That’s the most important thing for me.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
4 weeks ago

And add a notch also.
Well, this looks awkward! ?

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Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
4 weeks ago
Would be nice if we can use stand-alone cellular plans that don’t require being attached to the iPhone’s plan.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I never even use widgets on iPhone because they are not interactive so what’s the point
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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