The Apple Watch is the most popular watch in the world, not the most popular Smart watchThe most popular Watch. Its success is largely due to the way older models get better every year with the annual watchOS update.
We’re expecting watchOS 9 to launch this fall, along with a new Apple Watch Series 8. But Apple will likely introduce watchOS 9 and its major new features at the WWDC keynote on June 6, followed by several months of testing. beta.
While there have only been a few small rumors about what to expect, we have our own ideas about what we’d like to see. Here are some of the things we expect Apple to announce when it introduces the next generation of watchOS.
A better low power mode
Apple Watch already has a low-power mode called Power Reserve, but it’s too basic. It makes the power last four times longer, but makes your watch useless for anything other than checking the current time. The good news is that a more robust low-power mode may be on the way. A report from Bloomberg says it’s on the cards for watchOS 9, though we don’t know exactly how it will work.
A better low-power mode, that’s not it quite so useless, is what we want. It could turn off things like heart rate monitoring, most accelerometer features, as well as third-party apps, while still showing a full watch face and notifications, for example. Perhaps it would make the battery last only 48 hours instead of 72, but it would be a much better option for those who are going to be away from a charger for a long time.
custom watch faces
WatchOS 9 is rumored to update and refresh some of the existing faces, which is certainly necessary but not enough. We wanted custom watch faces on the Apple Watch from the beginning, and Apple hasn’t quite nailed it yet. There are many copyright and intellectual property issues to address, but also many opportunities!
Instead of just giving developers free rein to make and sell watch faces, I envision a sort of “FaceKit” framework and developer toolkit. Like WidgetKit, it would provide standardized fonts, interface elements, animation templates, and other things to create Apple-like faces, while maintaining enough safeguards for developers to preserve the Apple Watch experience. But just like widgets in iOS, developers would still have enough freedom to create cool and unique faces.
Better sleep tracking
Sleep tracking was finally added to Apple Watch in watchOS 7, and watchOS 8 improved it a bit by adding the ability to track your breathing rate while you sleep.
But the Apple Watch still isn’t much of a sleep tracker. Apps like AutoSleep do a better job of automatically detecting when you sleep and tracking when you’re in deep sleep or not. I’d expect a simpler interface from Apple than most third-party sleep tracking apps, but I still want a better, clearer view of whether I got well sleep, not just how much I have. With the Fitbit-powered Pixel Watch on the way, the Apple Watch will need much better native sleep tracking, and watchOS 9 is a great way to start.
A health app
How come there is no health app on Apple Watch yet? Half of the information in the Health app seems to originate from the Apple Watch! There are health-related apps like heart rate, cycle tracking, and ECG, but no app to browse through your general health data in one place.
A health app on Apple Watch may need to be condensed a bit compared to what’s on your iPhone, but it would still be useful for viewing your daily health metrics and trends. Apple could take another page from Fitbit here, which has a nicely organized Today panel to display all of your daily activity totals. But anything that lets you see your stats without switching between multiple apps would be a huge improvement.
A Notes app with robust Siri support
There is no Notes app on Apple Watch yet. Apple understandably thinks we don’t want to take a lot of notes on that platform – text input is kind of a slow pain.
But how cool would it be to raise your wrist and say, “Hey Siri, take a note…” and have Siri create a new note, synced to your other devices via iCloud, that includes a dictation of what you say and the voice recording as an attachment? Apple could even automatically tag any notes created on your watch to make it easier to find.
And of course there are many occasions when it can be nice read a note on his watch, too. Like the Calculator app on the iPad or the Weather app on the Mac, it’s a head scratcher as to why there isn’t a rudimentary Notes app on the Apple Watch and it’s about time Apple added one.