A few days ago, two Apple executives recently introduced in detail some optimizations made to watchOS to adapt to Apple Watch Series 7 and some decisions they made for third parties.Apple vice president of interface Alan Dye and vice president of product marketing Stan Ng recently sat down with CNET to explain some of the small adjustments Apple made to its watchOS platform for the larger display of the Apple Watch Series 7.
for exampleAppleOne of the main reasons for increasing the screen size of new wearable devices is that from an accessibility perspective, this makes text easier to read.
“We have the opportunity to allow users to increase the dot size (of text) even larger than what we allowed in the past. This is largely driven by the new display,” Dye said, and he added that more Larger sizes will be more useful and easier to obtain for many users who only need larger dot sizes.
Ng also talked about how the slightly curved edges on the new Apple Watch Series 7 create a subtle surround effect. With a lightly redesigned crystal, Apple has been able to create more dome shapes on the new model, which actually helps to improve durability and thicker screen crystals.
As a result, the Apple team decided to design a new watch surface and adjust watchOS to adapt to and utilize the new display.
Dye said: “Once we started using this new crystal and display, all these subtle design decisions were made here, and it pushed these tick marks to the very edge of the display to highlight some of the effects. “
Regarding the new on-screen keyboard, Dye pointed out that Apple does not pursue the accuracy of tapping, because it has built-in smart functions to help write information.
Despite the increased screen space, Apple executives said that the company still treats the Apple Watch as a short-lived device -iPhoneA companion.
“I think that many of the core fundamental values surrounding how we manage news watching remain the same. Although we can allow more content on the display, we still think of it as a scannable, smaller, interactive A shorter product, not something likecell phoneOr of courseiPadThat kind of product. “
Ng said that Apple is not “about you spending 30 minutes watching your phone and social media, or spending an hour processing a file on your Mac.” Rather, it is about hundreds of quick glances that may provide relevant information at a particular moment.
The two Apple executives also explained why the company did not create a third-party store for the watch face – and why it has no plans to do so in the future.
“Although the hardware is crucial in distinguishing the role of the Apple Watch, we believe that the watch surface also plays a considerable role there. This is why we have been very careful over the years. Despite the variety, there are many consistent design elements. “Dye said, “If you look closely, although the hands are displayed in different colors, they are always drawn in exactly the same way. We think we have achieved a very good balance. The dial itself, they must be provided for third parties With a canvas and a template, they can (used) create a variety of complex functions and turn the watch face into their watch face, which in some ways becomes the interface of their application.”