If you've upgraded your iPhone to iOS 16 — and if you haven't, what are you waiting for? — you're undoubtedly already very familiar with the excellent Weather app-turned-Lock Screen. But how cool would it be if that experience was also available on the Apple Watch?
Very cool, that's how cool. And this concept proves it.
For the uninitiated, the iOS 16 Lock Screen has an option that effectively turns it into the Weather app. You get to see the weather reflected on-screen, and it almost looks like your iPhone is getting wet if it rains. It's super awesome, but there's nothing like it on the Apple Watch. Developer David Smith thinks that there should be.
So he created it, at least in concept form.
Now that the new Apple Weather app is on the Mac, iPad and Lock Screen, why not bring it to the Apple Watch? I think its graphical approach of showing the conditions with animated backgrounds would make for a delightful watch face. & of course I had to try and prototype it 😇 pic.twitter.com/zdxEF4Nw4FNovember 10, 2022
It's important to note here and now that developers can't make third-party watch faces and then make them available to the public. That's something we need Apple to change at some point, but whether it will or not, we'll have to wait and see. But in the case of this particular Weather watch face, we can imagine Apple adding it as a first-party option.
As for the concept, it shows rain falling behind the time, and in the case of snow, it even settles on top of the numerals. It's the whimsy Apple was once known for and is sadly lacking at times.
Whether or not you're into this watch face, its existence again gives us an idea of how creative developers could be if Apple ever let them make their watch faces.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.