Hands on: watchOS 3 Apple Watch tidbits

Developer previews of watchOS 3 are now live and we’re starting to go hands-on with the next big release. Below are some of the tidbits we’re collecting of changes we’ve discovered on watchOS 3 on the Apple Watch.

  • Screenshots on watchOS 3 can be enabled or disabled from the Apple Watch app on iOS

watchOS 3 Beta 1 - Enable Screenshots

  • watchOS now supports Find My Watch within the Find My iPhone iOS app
  • There is now support for more granular control with wake screen times when in a session (a session is an activity like Workout, and Maps)

watchOS 3 Wake Screen - While In Session
watchOS 3 Wake Screen - While In Session

  • New Breathe application and complications are available

watchOS 3 Breathe icon
watchOS 3 Breathe - View 1
watchOS 3 Breathe - View 2
watchOS 3 Breathe - View 3
watchOS 3 Breathe - Start View

  • New Music complication available on watch faces

watchOS 3 Music Complication

  • New Apple Watch faces available: Activity Digital, Activity Analog, Numerals

Watch Face - Activity Digital
Watch Face - Activity Analog
Watch Face - Numerals

  • Two individual complications can now be added to the Timelapse watch face

watchOS 3 - Timelapse Complications

  • New small app shortcut complications for Find My Friends, Heartrate, Home, Mail, Maps, Messages, Music, Phone, Reminders, Remote, Stocks, Weather Conditions (both this and Weather launch the Weather app currently) and Workout.

watchOS 3 Complication - Find My Friends
watchOS 3 Complication - Heartrate
watchOS 3 Complication - Home
watchOS 3 Complication - Mail
watchOS 3 Complication - Maps
watchOS 3 Complication - Messages
watchOS 3 Complication - Music
watchOS 3 Complication - Phone
watchOS 3 Complication - Reminders
watchOS 3 Complication - Remote
watchOS 3 Complication - Stocks
watchOS 3 Complication - Weather Conditions
watchOS 3 Complication - Workout

  • New application loading view when launching apps on watchOS

watchOS 3 - Loading indicator

  • Primary Maps view has a white background on icons, making it easier to see
  • New watch apps: Home, Reminders, Breathe, Heartrate, and Find My Friends
  • Single press of side button now launches Dock, previously launched Friends view. Apps here can be swiped up to be kept in the dock indefinitely

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