The MacRumors Show: Talking Through watchOS 10's Huge Redesign

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we talk through some of the key aspects rumored for watchOS 10's substantial UI redesign.

Last week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that ‌watchOS 10‌ will introduce an all-new system of widgets for interacting with the Apple Watch. He explained that widgets will become a "central part" of the Apple Watch's interface and compared the new system to Glances, the widgets interface that launched on the original Apple Watch before being scrapped in watchOS 3, and the style of widgets that iOS 14 brought to the iPhone.

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.

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.

There are also rumors about ‌watchOS 10‌ introducing a new home screen layout that takes cues from iOS with features like app folders. The changes are part of what is expected to 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.

We consider how this new UI could take shape and how we feel about the proposed changes, reflecting on Glances, watchOS 4's ‌Siri‌ watch face, past changes to the Apple Watch's buttons, and the future of apps on the device.

We also discuss some of the latest Apple news, including the expansion of AirTag-like tracking alerts to third-party devices, iOS 17's rumored Wallet and Health app redesigns, and the delay of the microLED Apple Watch Ultra to 2025.

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snak-atak Avatar
4 weeks ago
Haven’t watched this week’s episode yet, but I do love this show. Dan and Hartley do a great job sharing their viewpoints along with their guests. I feel they are more genuine and down to earth than some of the other tech hosts out there. Keep up the great work! ??
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KaliYoni Avatar
4 weeks ago
Does the graphic show us getting the finger from one of the hosts? Or is it a clip art + generative AI artifact? Weird...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Waxhead138 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Does the graphic show us getting the finger from one of the hosts? Or is it a clip art + generative AI artifact? Weird...
Lol....I think the guy just has long thumbs...once you pointed it out, I had to look twice
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ticzon Avatar
4 weeks ago
I have to wonder how Apple's sales on watches have been in the last year compared to previous years? I seem to have lost interest and gone back to wearing my mechanical automatic watch again (and don’t have to deal with charging a watch anymore).
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dankron Avatar
3 weeks ago
My wife always gets the notification about my car keys when we are in the car together... which is weird. You would assume if I am in the car with her, the tag would assume it's with me, not with her.

Also, there are some devices, like the Knog Bike Tracker, that I wouldn't want to alert the thief that he is being tracked so he can disable tracking of the device when he took my bike. Yes, i get the stalking people issue, but I'm more concerned about my devices being stolen than someone stalking me.
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Macalway Avatar
3 weeks ago
I like the idea, and choice is good. I'll give it a whirl. You neva know!
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