What you need to know
- A new concept imagines what Apple could improve in watchOS 9.
- Apple's watchOS 9 is expected to be announced during WWDC in June.
- watchOS 9 will likely ship to the public towards the end of the year.
Apple is expected to announce a watchOS 9 update at WWDC 2022, likely during June. A new concept video highlights some of the things Apple should improve and how it could go about doing just that.
The video concept, created by Andrea Copellino, imagines some of the fixes Apple could apply to the current watchOS 8 software to make for something altogether better with the arrival of watchOS 9. None of these need new hardware, either, so anyone with an Apple Watch Series 7 or similar would be able to benefit, too.
I'm pretty sure that everyone would agree with the improvements this video proposes, including:
- A new app view that combines the current grid and list view options into something altogether more usable.
- Folders for keeping multiple apps together in one place.
- A redesign of Control center to match Apple's own guidelines.
- A stunning new watch face that makes better use of the ever-larger Apple Watch screens.
Check out the video to see it all in action:
The current Apple Watch is the very best Apple Watch we've ever been treated to — but the software still needs improvement. WWDC 2022 should give us an idea of what Apple has been working on as well as a new round of beta releases that give us the chance to try everything out. Hopefully some of these ideas make their way into watchOS 9 — especially that new watch face!
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