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Apple watchOS 3 release date & new features

Christopher Minasians | June 24, 2016
watchOS 3 is a pretty big update, with lots of new features set to make your Apple Watch experience smoother and faster.

Custom watch faces

This is one of the most-talked about features that's headlining around the world for watchOS 3. With the current watchOS, we've only got the option to select a few stock watch faces, but we would like to ability to create our own and more so, share with the community so that others can use custom watch faces.

Having a Batman or Battlefield watch face would prove to make the Apple Watch truly unique. This is currently the case with Android Wear, so we expect Apple to at least give registered developers the ability to create their own watch faces and make them available to the public.

Digital Crown button customisation

The Digital Crown button, found on the side of the Apple Watch would be a great way to provide extra functionality to Apple Watch owners. We don't see this realistically being an update Apple would push, but we would like the ability to change the default behaviour of the button. 

Pressing it could open a certain app, or directly send you to the clock screen. More customisation through the button would definitely be a healthy addition to the watch.

watchOS 3 - Apple Custom

More apps

We don't see this software update immediately introducing new supported apps, but we do hope to see developers create more Apple Watch-specific applications.

Better still, we would like to see Apple include more stock iOS apps in its watchOS update. For example, having the News app or even Notes to be natively compatible with the Apple Watch would be a great start.

Siri improvements

Alongside the speed and performance tweaks, we would like to see Siri have better recognition and improvements in its ability to interact with us. Siri is fantastic on iOS and we hope to see it improve in watchOS 3.

Multiple connections

We highly doubt Apple will release this update in watchOS 3, but we would like the new software update to enable us to synchronise an Apple Watch to multiple different iOS devices. For example, having the watch paired with your iPad and iPhone at the same time would be a great addition.

Source: Macworld UK 


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