Are you one of those who keeps a close eye on the latest happenings in the tech world? Well, if you do, but you somehow missed out the Apple watch OS update, then you must be pleased to know that latest Apple watchOS 3.2 now comes with new features, including Theatre Mode and third party support for Siri. Allow me to discuss more about the watch’s features and updates.
What Is Apple WatchOS?
First things first, Apple Watch was launched in the month of April 2015 and it runs on an operating system known as watchOS. With the provision of regular free updates to this software, you get periodical access to the fresh features and interface tweaks, without spending any extra money.
It was in June 2015 when the company rolled out an updated version of this software, watchOS 2, at WWDC. So, it was no surprise that the company showcased watchOS3 at WWDC 2016 and it was available for the users in autumn 2016.
How Can I Get WatchOS 3?
Well, it is worth mentioning here that watchOS 3 is a free update. There are certain steps you need to follow. First, make sure you have paired your Apple Watch with your iPhone, now you need to open the watch app on your iPhone. Using the My Watch tab, tap General and then software update. If you haven’t installed a watchOS update, then you will be instructed about it here, and you will also have the opportunity to download and install it on your watch.
Make sure you know that watchOS is linked with iOS and you may have to update the iOS before you can update watchOS. Let me tell you that I wasn’t offered the watchOS 3.2 update until I have installed iOS 10.3.
What Is The Fuss About The Latest Version?
Apple watchOS 3.2 was released a couple of months back. Now, I know you will be excited to know about the new features watchOS 3.2 has to offer. So, without wasting any time, I am going to straightway going to discuss the considerable changes and new features in watchOS 3.2 you get to enjoy.
- Siri Competencies
Just like any other Apple enthusiast, I was also quite excited about watchOS 3.2 bringing enhanced Siri capabilities and all credit goes to SiriKit for Apple Watch. I really do support the integration of SiriKit to Apple Watch as it brings voice control to the third-party apps.
Now, it is quite easy to talk to Siri through your watch in order to have an interaction with different third-party apps in a manner that will be familiar to all those who have used iOS 10. You can ask Siri on your Apple Watch to book a ride for you, making a payment is also possible, sending a message, and various other requests that your app is comfortable handling.
All those apps offering services in specific domains can use Sirikit in order to make those services available via Siri on watchOS. In order to make your services available, there will be a requirement to create one or more app extensions, this is where Intents and Intents UI frameworks will also be required.
- Theatre Mode
Another exciting feature of watchOS 3.2 is Theatre Mode. As per this feature, now you can avoid distracting others in the dark environments such as the theatre and the cinema. With the help of theatre mode, you will have the provision to mute the sound and also disable the raise-to-wake feature, the best part is that you can do this with a touch of a button. By merely pressing the Digital Crown or just tapping the screen, you get to receive and view the notifications.
- Reorganisation of Control Centre
With the addition of Theatre Mode, a decision was taken by Apple to move some of the buttons on the Control Centre. Now, you will get to see the Theatre Mode right at the bottom of the panel.
- New attractive colours
Now, if you own an Apple Watch, you have a new set of colour options with watchOS 3.2. These new additions aptly match Woven Nylon Sports and Apple’s new Sport bands. Here are the new colours –
- Mist Blue
Design and Graphical elements
According to this update, you will also get to see some new changes to the visual aspects. Here, is what all the Apple lovers can expect.
- Fresh Watch Faces
Apple has come up with different new watch faces and Minnie Mouse is one of those faces. I am sure this will please the watch owners. Then there is Activity watch face, it really helps you to launch apps right from the watch face screen. Certain complexities have also been added to the Time lapse faces, Photo, and Motion.
- Disable Screenshots
I won’t consider this as a major feature but this will certainly help you in disabling screenshots on your Apple Watch. I must share the fact that this is offered as an option within the watch’s settings.
- Dock Feature
With the help of this feature, you can easily navigate through various apps on your Apple Watch. With the help of Dock, you can easily have a look at your recent and favourite apps.
- SOS App
The best thing about this app is that it is available across the world and it will work no matter where you are, I think this is amazing. While the next time you are travelling and you land up in some emergency situation, you can use this app to call the emergency services and you also get to alert all your emergency contacts from your Apple Watch.
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