WWDC 2023: watchOS 10 Tipped to Get Most Significant Update; Likely to Feature iOS-like Widgets

Apple might introduce widgets to watchOS 10 later this year. According to a new report, widgets will be a central part of watchOS 10.

Highlights
  1. Apple might announce watchOS 10 at WWDC 2023.
  2. WWDC 2023 will kick off on June 5.
  3. Apple is likely to bring back widgets in watchOS 10 after ditching the feature a few years  ago.

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WWDC 2023 is still a few weeks away. Apple will host its developer event at the Apple Park in Cupertino on June 5. The company will unveil the latest version of its software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc. The rumour mill has been churning about iOS 17 and the list of features coming later this year. However, there will be more software updates being announced at the Apple event in June. One of the updates coming later this year will be watchOS 10. Apple is likely to announce some key features of the upcoming watchOS update at WWDC 2023.

The company has obviously not revealed any details about the same. Meanwhile, a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has revealed some key details about watchOS 10. According to the latest details, watchOS 10 will get support for widgets. Let’s take a look at some details about watchOS 10 and the list of features rumoured to be available later this year.


WWDC 2023: What is Known So Far About watchOS 10

Apple might introduce widgets to watchOS 10 later this year. According to a new report, widgets will be a central part of watchOS 10. Gurman, who has been known for this accuracy around Apple leaks, claimed that the upcoming watchOS update will be the biggest ever in its history since the original version. Apple will focus on widgets and fundamental changes to how the device works according to Gurman.

The tipster claimed that Apple might bring back widgets to watchOS later this year. Widgets in watchOS were available a few years since the original version was launched. However, Apple adjusted the strategy, ditching widgets and frequent contacts in favour of highlighting notifications and multitasking capabilities.

Gurman believes that widgets will be the central part of watchOS’ interface. The new widgets system on the Apple Watch will be a combination of the old watchOS Glances system and the style of widgets that were introduce in iOS 14. Apple might allow users to scroll through a stack of widgets rather than launching of apps themselves. 

“The new interface will be reminiscent of the Siri watch face introduced in watchOS 4, but it will be available as an overlay for any watch face. It is also similar to widget stacks, a feature in iOS and iPadOS that lets users pile many widgets into one and scroll through them,” Gurman said.

Apple is also said to be testing the idea of changing the functions of some of the watch’s buttons. Currently, a press of the Digital Crown launches the home screen. For the next version of watchOS, Apple may have that open up widgets instead.

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Gurman did not reveal any other details about the watchOS 10 features. However, the wait is not a long one as Apple will announce its new watchOS update in June. The new watchOS update will be available for eligible devices in the second half of the year. Apple is likely to release the update soon after the iPhone 15 launch event.