With watchOS 8Apple has announced a number of new features for Apple Watch users, including a new Mindfulness app, photo sharing, and more. Usually every new watchOS comes with new watch faces, but this year Apple only showed one new watch face: portraits. However, one of the WWDC 2021 sessions revealed that there is another new watch face that has not been announced by Apple, this one called “World Timer”.
During the “What’s New in UIKit” session highlighting the latest updates and improvements to the iOS user interface framework, Apple shows a screenshot of the Watch app in one of the demos. Interestingly, this screenshot reveals a new watch face that was never announced by the company.
The new watch face, called World Timer, shows a world map with the time zones of dozens of cities around the world. This replicates some traditional mechanical watch models that also display the time zones of multiple cities around the world, similar to GMT watches — which also inspired one of the new watch faces in watchOS 7 last year. However, GMT watches only show the time of two time zones at once.
It’s unclear if this World Timer watch face wasn’t ready in time for watchOS 8 beta 1 or if Apple plans to release it later this year with the next-generation Apple Watch and the official release of watchOS 8.
Last year, Apple unveiled just two new watch faces for watchOS 7 at WWDC 2020 and kept the other new one for the September event. This could indicate a new strategy by the company to simply unveil the new watch faces with the announcement of a new Apple Watch model rather than introduce them at a developer event, similar to when the latest iOS releases added even more new wallpapers. yield.
watchOS 8 beta is now available to developers, while a public beta will be released in July. The final release is expected later this year.
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