watchOS 10.1 Beta 2 Adds Support for Double Tap

The second watchOS 10.1 update that Apple released to developers today adds support for Double Tap, a main new feature for the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 devices.

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Double Tap lets Apple Watch users double tap an index finger and thumb together to interact with the Apple Watch using one hand. The sensors in the Apple Watch are able to detect the fine movements, registering it as a tap on the display.

The Double Tap gesture can be used to perform single-tap actions such as answering or ending a phone call, stopping a timer, playing and pausing music, snoozing or turning off an alarm, and more.

Because Double Tap is enabled through the S9 chip in the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ and Apple Watch Ultra, it is a feature that is limited to these models.

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Top Rated Comments

jz0309 Avatar
9 months ago

This can already be done with previous watch models under accessibility...
And as has been discussed before, not the same
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bizzaregood Avatar
9 months ago
I really want to know more about this vs the old accessibility feature
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ersan191 Avatar
9 months ago

I don’t understand this. I thought this has been available for a while via accessiblity section of the setting. What is different?
The accessibility version is janky and doesn't work most of the time.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jrath1 Avatar
9 months ago
Very happy Apple is implementing this. You never know when you're going to need it.

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Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
9 months ago

My fiancé was furious to discover this feature was not present when she bought the AW9 for our son. She literally wanted to sue Apple for false advertisement.
They stated it wasn't going to be there until October.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thadoggfather Avatar
9 months ago
I'm not a fan of new software features being locked behind new generation hardware that technically doesn't have to be. Even odder that besides the brighter screen, this is the new feature / value add of Series 9 and wasn't even available at release :O

Older series watches are completely capable of this as far as I know, given its already been there somewhat with accessibility the same way no reason 14 pro / pro max can't get the snazzy iPhone 15 camera software improvements

Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)