This watchOS 8 concept might solve the complication conundrum

Apple Watch Watchos8 Complication Concept
Apple Watch Watchos8 Complication Concept (Image credit: A Better Computer)

What you need to know

  • This new concept takes complications and puts them into Notification Center.
  • That frees up the watch face for more complications or a cleaner look.

Apple likely won't announce watchOS 8 until WWDC21 which will probably take place in June of next year. That's a good six months away, but YouTube channel A Better Computer might have just provided a feature ahead of time. One that Apple would do well to take note of.

The feature is actually the moving of an existing one – complications. Apple revamped complications with the release of watchOS 7 but they still have one problem. They take up space on our watch faces which means we either run out of space or have to fill those watch faces with stuff.

Which is fine. Unless you want to use one of the minimalist watch faces Apple offers. What we need is somewhere else to put complications, and this video could have the answer.

As someone who uses three specific complications multiple times each hour, I'm absolutely here for this. I have to use a really busy watch face to get them all in and that means I can't use any of the more aesthetically pleasing options. It's the epitome of a first-world problem, but that doesn't mean it isn't a problem.

Maybe it's a problem that just found a fix.

Oliver Haslam

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.

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