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WWDC 2023: Everything we know about the next BIG Apple Watch update

Apple Watch owners could be in for a treat as Apple is reportedly set to introduce key changes with the watchOS 10 update, according to reports. Here’s what we know so far.

| Updated on: May 25 2023, 16:43 IST
Apple WWDC 2023 event: iOS 17, 15-inch MacBook Air and more set to launch soon
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1/5 iOS 17: One of the most highlighted announcements of WWDC 2023, Apple is expected to stuff your iPhones with new features. From a dedicated Journal app, a Mood Tracker, a Control Center upgrade, increased functionality for Dynamic Island, added features for Apple Music, and much more -- iPhone fans have a lot of expectations from iOS 17. (Pexels)
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2/5 15-inch MacBook Air: As per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, a larger MacBook Air can be launched at the event. The device is expected to feature a 15.5-inch display and will be powered by either the 8-core or 10-core GPU variants of the M2 chipset.  (HT Tech)
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3/5 Mixed Reality Headset: Apple's highly-anticipated mixed reality headset may also be unveiled at the upcoming event. According to rumours, the headset is expected to come equipped with dual 4K micro-OLED displays and numerous cameras to map the environment and monitor facial expressions, gesture-based control methods, and more. (Representative) (AFP)
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4/5 watchOS 10: Not just iPhones, but Apple Watch users are expected to get the watchOS 10 announcement. It may come with some important features such as a new widget system to check information without opening the app, a customizable Digital Crown, a redesign for Apple Watch Home Screen, and more. (HT Tech)
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5/5 Other software updates: Moreover, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and tvOS 17 are also expected to be introduced.  (Unsplash)
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watchOS 10 will be a major update for Apple Watch, according to reports. (Unsplash)

WWDC 2023 is just around the corner and although the main hype surrounding this event is due to the likely reveal of iOS 17, Apple will also be showcasing major updates for its other hardware products like Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, and more. Apart from this, we could also get a first glimpse at Apple's new Mixed Reality headset. While iOS 17 is set to headline WWDC 2023, the watchOS 10 update could also bring several major features for the Apple Watch and it is expected to be a "fairly extensive upgrade" and will be the biggest Apple Watch update since the first watchOS, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

So, here's what we know about the watchOS 10 update so far, based on several leaks and reports.

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watchOS 10 update: Notable changes

According to Mark Gurman, watchOS 10 will be a major update for the Apple Watch with “bigger enhancements” and an “updated interface”. Gurman further claimed that the next Apple Watch could feature minimal changes, therefore the watchOS 10 will be Apple's main focus this year. Furthermore, Apple has plans for a major update to the watch hardware in 2024, which is expected to have a larger and custom-built display.

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1. Widgets

Since the launch of the first Apple Watch in 2015, there have been little to no changes to the watchOS interface. But that is set to change with watchOS 10 as Apple will reportedly introduce widgets. Gurman claims that widgets will be comparable to the Glances that were part of earlier watchOS versions and although it will be “reminiscent” of the Siri watch face, it will work with any Apple Watch face.

According to reports, instead of opening up apps, users will be able to scroll through widgets for activity tracking, weather, calendar events, and more. Pressing on the crown could open up the widgets, instead of having to navigate through the home screen.

2. Home screen layout

According to an anonymous leaker on Twitter known only as @analyst941, Apple could introduce a new home screen layout with the watchOS 10 update. The leaker claims that the new layout will be easier to navigate and could bring iOS-like characteristics including folders for apps.

watchOS 10: Which Apple Watches will be compatible?

According to MacRumors, Apple Watch Series 4 or later will support the watchOS 10 update. The watchOS 9 update offered the same compatibility and it is likely watchOS 10 could follow suit.

It should be noted that all the information about watchOS 10 is based on unofficial leaks and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Apple will reveal watchOS 10 at WWDC 2023 which is set to kick off from June 5.

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First Published Date: 25 May, 16:42 IST