When watchOS 5 launches this Fall, there will be a lot of new features coming to your Apple Watch. We have already extensively covered the fitness features, but that’s not everything coming.
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In addition to the myriad of fitness features, Apple will also be bringing some improved notifications. These will definitely improve the overall experience with the Apple Watch once the software is available for everyone.
Apple revamped notifications with iOS 12 and will be doing the same with watchOS 5. Instead of having to scroll through your notifications individually, these will now be grouped.
This means that each app that sends you a notification will be bundled together. The decision to make this move will allow you to manage notifications easier.
Instead of having to swipe through and triage notifications one-by-one, you can get rid of them all at once. Plus, you are no longer limited to interacting with them when on the “home screen”.
Additionally, you can opt to have notifications delivered “quietly”. This will still add notifications to your wrist, but won’t actually notify you when they have arrived.
In previous iterations of watchOS, notifications were pretty bland and simple. Sure, you could easily reply to SMS messages, but that was about it.
watchOS 5 will be bringing Interactive Notifications, which opens things up for developers. In the future, developers will be able to add various buttons and shortcuts to their apps.
Obviously, the hope is that there will be improved interactions with your notifications. The ultimate goal is to seemingly untether you from your phone, and rely on your Apple Watch more.
Apple even went so far as to include WebKit support in watchOS 5. Now, whenever your buddy sends you a web-link, you will be able to view it directly on your wrist. Of course, the screen is rather small to really do anything productive, but hey, it’s still neat.
Revamped Control Center
As is the case with accessing notifications, watchOS 5 will bring the ability to access Control Center from anywhere. Regardless of what screen you are viewing on your Watch, Control Center can now be accessed.
In addition to that, Apple is now making it possible for you to customize Cthe ontrol Center. This is made possible with the Edit button found when scrolling to the bottom.
From there, your various icons will wiggle, similar to how you arrange icons on the iPhone. Then, simply tap and hold the icons and drag them into the position that you want.
The ability to customize Control Center the way you want is definitely a long-overdue feature. It’s great to see this functionality arrive, regardless of how small it is.
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I don’t know about you, but I am super excited for the release of watchOS 5. Apple has big things planned for the future and this latest iteration is another example of how.
Let us know what you think about watchOS 5 and if you are as excited as I am. Also, sound off in the comments and let us know what features you would like to see.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.