Watch OS3 is Apple perfecting what's already there. Be excited.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by spooky2k, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. spooky2k macrumors 6502a

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    After running the beta for a few days, I thought I'd share my impressions of Watch OS 3 very briefly. Main points:

    - Scribble is HUGE - Perfect transcription and you can draw letters as fast as you like - the watch keeps up or catches up (it seems to apply some of its autocorrect smarts as you write). It's pretty much perfect and stops me getting out my phone at all to reply to messages. I feel pretty detached from it due to being able to do this. It's strange. I can use it to reply on any app that let's a user reply from the Apple Watch already. So WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are already working great with it. Apple have nailed the keyboard on the watch.

    - Dock - You can hold 10 apps and a recently used app on here. Their speed is literally what Apple showed off in the keynote. This one will expand to more apps until the dock is just a favourites/most used quick select like on the Mac. It's great. Some apps will need to be re-jiggered as they weren't designed for glance-able information. But it's a massive step forward for every app that embraces it. I actually use third party apps now on my Watch. So again, huge.

    - Watch face control on your phone - You can now select, customise and install faces on your phone. So much easier with a bigger screen. You can see all the available complications and colour options and add the face to your watch easily. It's not hard to see how this section can easily expand to include extra faces from third parties.

    Those three things (mainly the first two) take the biggest pain points of the Apple Watch and hit the nail on the head. If you were worried that the honeycomb didn't get a make over, don't worry. You hardly use it. The dock will give developers a kick up the butt in terms of what apps they're making and how we interact with them. That model has been redefined in a hugely improved way and you can see groundwork being laid. For every one on the beta, enjoy. For everyone waiting patiently, be excited. It feels like a whole new generation of device.
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Both Watch OS 3 and IOS 10 are the best beta products apple has released. Like you, I am loving OS 3 and it has been completely stable. Scribble is awesome!
     
  3. swarlos macrumors 6502

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    Completely agree, in a sense for me watchOS 3 was the biggest thing at WWDC this year.

    Scribble is amazeballs!! All these Android Wear OEMs and Samsung just got schooled by Apple!!
     
  4. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    Completely agree as well. Scribble is a gamechanger for how I use my watch. I always felt like taking my phone out of my pocket to reply to something I saw on my watch defeated the whole purpose of having the watch in the first place. It's much more convenient...the default replies almost never applied to what I wanted to say (and neither did custom ones) and I'm really never in a position where voice dictation felt natural. I've already used scribble a bunch and the fact that you can continue writing letters over the ones you've already written before it's even recognized makes it fast and natural...love it.
     
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  6. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    There's a space button at the bottom center of the display. Just tap it.
     
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    Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    I love my Apple Watch, iPhone, Mac etc etc ...but didn't Android Wear 2.0 have handwriting recognition first? Not that anyone buys Android Wear devices...

    EDIT: Ok I just watched a video showing how Android Wear 2.0 does handwriting and I actually laughed out loud at how bad it looked. It..scrolls...? And you have to write real fast...? Weird.
     
  8. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    OK.... this is probably a stupid question... but: can you install the watchOS 3 beta without installing iOS beta?

    and if so, how?
     
  9. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Sadly no...

    And the iOS 10 beta is not that great.
     
  10. spooky2k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You can't. Watch OS 3 needs iOS 10. If you don't want iOS 10 (which is awesome btw and works very well), just hold off.
     
  11. teidon macrumors 6502

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    Just to expand on this a bit. There is a hidden-from-the-user concept of favorite apps. Favorite apps are every app you have in the watch face (as a complication) or in the Dock. Each of the favorite apps are kept in memory and their execution should always resume within about 2 secs. You can have up to 16 apps as your favorites: Modular face has 5 complications and the Dock holds up to 11 apps. Each of the favorite apps are also guaranteed to refresh in the background at least every 30mins, so the complications or the snapshots in the Dock should never show older information than that.
     
  12. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I'm not sure why everyone hates on the honeycomb screen. I've paired down my Watch apps and that screen is quite manageable. I don't use that many Watch apps anyway.
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The honeycomb screen isn't the problem. Rather, it's the slow loading time for apps.
     
  14. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I'm so bitter that other people have got watchOS 3.
     
  15. CobraPA macrumors 6502

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    :rolleyes:

    Why? Don't be bitter! For a mere $99 a year more, you to can be a developer and download the betas...
     
  16. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Or really live on the edge and find how to install without a developers license. Just don't get mad if it bricks your watch. :)
     
  17. rockyromero macrumors 6502

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    Good point.

    I do like the honeycomb concept & figured out how to locate apps that I want quickly by grouping similar ones together.

    I have wondered if Apple will create something similar to the iPhone for grouping.

     
  18. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended

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    Don't be. While watchOS 3 was stable. iOS 10 on my 6S was bug bug buggy which is to be expected.
    So I went to the Apple Store today and had them restore all devices and depot the watch.
    I feel so naked with the watch. And my iPhone is driving me crazy with the Damn notifications the watch handled.
     
  19. swarlos macrumors 6502

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    LOL yeah just watched a demo of AW 2.0 and it does look nice but the handwriting thing is a joke haha would probably use the swipe keyboard over that junk.

    Apple definitely got it right with scribble.
     
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    I had to go look up a video to see what you were talking about with Android Wear 2.0. I couldn't un-see how bad a lot of the UI was for it in general. So much was designed for a normal screen shape all while trying to cram it in a circle screen. Looked SO out of place.

    I'm so glad Apple went with the typical rectangle screen shape because it just simply works best.
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    It is well worth the $99 IMO. I have an iPhone, apple watch, and mac so I look at is as $33 :)
     
  22. Creek0512 macrumors 6502

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    I feel like 'AW' isn't a good abbreviation for Android Wear, considering this is the Apple Watch forum.
     
  23. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    That said, (remember I love my Apple Watch, use Mac blah blah) the scribble feature is *incredibly* reminiscent of the keyboard Microsoft did for Android Wear (Analogue Keyboard was the name...? A+ Product guy right there)...but I'm glad when good things come to things I use, so I'm not sore.
     
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    I decided to say screw it and download both the phone and watch os non beta
     
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    Would you please provide a list of new native complications?
     

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