I’ve had almost 2 weeks now with the new Apple Watch Series 3 (w Cellular), and wanted to share some quick thoughts. Overall this really does feel like the first “real” Apple Watch, in much the same way that the iPhone 4 was the first “real” iPhone (decent enough camera, retina screen, etc., M.G. Siegler would probably agree.)
It complements the AirPods amazingly well, especially the music/now playing controls when you raise your wrist. The speed improvements are terrific, especially for Siri. But for me, a lot of the fun is still in the watch faces and complications. So I had some fun over-optimizing them.
Complications are a great way to interact with the Apple Watch. They give you useful information at a glance, provide instant shortcuts to your favorite features, and create visual reminders to use them.
This has been mitigated by a couple of recent improvements. Siri’s amazing speed improvements opens up fast access to many features. And the improved home screen makes it easier to find apps you’re looking for. My favorite new complication is “Now Playing”, though it would be even better if it had playback speed controls and stand-alone versions for podcast apps and Audible, which I know are API limited and I hope/assume Apple fixes asap).
Because I loved complications so much, it always felt like such a painful choice to decide which ones would make my “main” face. With watchOS 3, Apple addressed some of this complication FOMO with significantly easier to switch watch faces.
Faces = Spaces
When I was setting up the new watch, I wanted to think of each “Face” almost the way I’d think of a Mac “Space”. Each Face would be focused on a set of use cases / features / complications.
I created one for productivity and communication, one for health and working out, one for time and time keeping, one super simple one for weekends or stress-reducing, and left the Siri face to try out. Was also key to make them each visually distinctive so I quickly knew what I was looking at. Here’s my first pass.
I’ll test this out for the next few weeks, but so far I’ve found its a pretty informationally dense way to glance information from the Apple Watch, and remember what options I have just by swiping through the Faces / Spaces.