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Apple overhauls watchOS with new UI and faster app launching

TechCrunch TechCrunch 13/06/2016 Fitz Tepper

Today at WWDC, Apple launched the third version of watchOS, and it’s all about speed.

The company is really touting how fast apps will now run, a much needed improvement from the lagginess of the first and second versions of the operating system. In fact, the company says that apps now launch and react “seven times” faster than on the old OS.

So how exactly will Apple achieve this? By allowing both 3rd party and built-in apps to be kept in memory, as well as update and refresh information in the background, even while a user isn’t using a particular app.

To help you navigate faster, Apple is also adding a “dock” to watchOS, letting you swipe up to quickly launch different apps.

WatchOS 3 will also have control center, like on iOS. You can swipe up and see quick commands like mute, bluetooth and WiFI on and off, etc.

Apple is also making sending messages easier on the app. They are introducing a feature called scribble, which lets you draw letters that automatically get converted to text.

In terms of watchOS design, Apple launched a few new faces, including one with Minnie Mouse, and one with roman numerals. Users will also be able to quickly switch between different faces by swiping left and right on the face.


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