A report from a few days ago has indicated new updates in the applewatchOS that will finally pay heed to the long-standing request of Theater Mode and embedding of Sirikit in the leading company’s smart watch.
The release notes for the developer beta for the watchOS were released last week. In these release notes, there was no indication as to when the updates in the wearable operating systems will be released.
Apple has now launched the developer beta for the watchOS 3.2. That is, within a week of publishing the release notes. This will allow the developers to have a look at the updates that are to be included in the upcoming update of the Apple smart watch.
As of now, it isn’t clear when the watchOS 3.2 will be available to a much larger demographic but Apple watch users are already elated and excited about the new features that will be included in the new update.
Theater Mode in Watch:
The first thing that should be kept in mind while discussing the Theater Mode, that will be available in the new update, is that it will be different from the Do Not Disturb feature. The third feature is designed for the users to use while they are at the movie theater.
When you activate the Do Not Disturb feature notifications do not appear on the screen, but the screen still lights up when the user moves his arms. Whereas in the Theater Mode the watch will not light up if there is a notification or if the user moves his arms. To light up the screen of the smart watch, the user will have to touch the watch’s screen physically.
In addition to being a benefit to watching using movie goers, this Theater Mode will also increase the watches efficiency as a sleep tracker. Without this feature, the watch lights up whenever the wearer moves his arms thus decreasing its effectiveness as a sleep tracker. However, with the Theater Mode feature, the watch will not light up when the user moves in his sleep, in turn increasing its efficiency as a sleep tracker.
Another new and exciting addition that will come with the new update is the embedding of Sirikit in the watchOS. This will be beneficial for the third party apps. As this will allow them to work with Apple’s digital assistant Siri on the Apple Watch.
Sirikit was first introduced and made available for iPhones and iPads in September 2016, along with the release of iOS 10. As of now, Apple Watch users can open third party apps using Siri, but they can not issue commands to them using the digital assistant.
With the introduction of Sirikit, the users will be able to issue some commands to the third party app via voice commands issued to Siri.
Apple hopes that once the watchOS is released, they won’t face the complaints that they have been facing with the OS 3.1.1.