In the three years since the release of the first Apple Watch, the company has significantly improved both the watch itself and the software for it. Remember how the notification bar took an incredibly long time to load and the Workout app refused to run in the background? This is all in the past. However, watchOS still has a lot of work to do.
This year Apple will host a WWDC event in San Jose in June, and a new version of watchOS is expected to be released there. We have compiled a list of improvements that we would like to see in this update. This is a long list, so we decided to break it down into categories.
Apple actually came up with a solution for the interface back in 2010 with the release of a new version iPod nano. The player has gone through many changes, but the sixth generation can be called one of the best – and it can be called the harbinger of modern Apple Watch. Some users liked the idea of wearing the miniature player on their wrist like a watch, and some companies even started making special straps and bracelets for this.
Usability was one of the main advantages of this model. Apple it was possible to combine here the multi-touch display from iPhone (now this is not unusual, but at that time the multi-finger touchscreen was new) with a miniature size iPod nano without sacrificing convenience.
And in some aspects iPod nano 6 is still more usable than modern ones Apple Watch 3.
What Apple Watch can borrow from iPad nano
The main screen iPad nano was a square of 4 icons with the ability to scroll through the screens, as in iOS. The designers Apple managed to reduce the number of important applications by combining the stopwatch and timer into one Clock application. In addition, Apple has hidden some of the least popular apps by default. If desired, users could add them to the desktop via Settings> Advanced.
The main screen Apple Watch, on the other hand, is in complete disarray. The design resembles a bunch of frog caviar with lots of tiny icons all over the screen. They are inconvenient if your fingers are not very thin, and for people with poor vision, they are not the best choice. This mode is so inconvenient that Apple offered an alternative option in watchOS 4 – viewing all applications in a list.
This itself was a confirmation that Apple acknowledged the existence of the problem, but he did not completely solve it. Apple also added two new ways to launch apps (the Dock and the App Loader), but this is overkill for such a small device that I would like to use more easily and intuitively.
The best thing would be to borrow the interface iPad nano and make it more modern, but given the number of updates released, this is hardly possible. So we will focus on what developers can do without changing the interface completely.
1. Combining Dock with App Loader
In list view, the App Loader looks a lot like the Dock. Both are lists of apps that you navigate through the Digital Crown. The main difference here is that the Dock shows your favorites and recently launched applications, while the Downloader shows all installed ones. The Dock also offers miniature app previews (this was added in watchOS 3), but when scrolling vertically in watchOS 4, they are half hidden, making the whole idea almost useless.