Apple is set to unveil its highly-anticipated watchOS 10 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this summer, and according to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it’s expected to be a major update to the mobile operating system, with a refresh of the user interface at the forefront of the changes. The WWDC is scheduled to commence on June 5th, and it’s the perfect platform for Apple to showcase its latest updates to its operating systems, including watchOS, ahead of the public release later in the fall.
In his recent “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, Gurman discusses what we can expect from watchOS 10, the upcoming version of the Apple Watch operating system. Gurman believes that this year’s update will be markedly different from previous years, where the software has remained static with few significant design changes.
According to Gurman, watchOS 10 “should be a fairly extensive upgrade – with notable changes to the user interface – unlike iOS 17.” Gurman also emphasizes the importance of watchOS 10 having a big year, given that the hardware updates for the Apple Watch are expected to be minor in nature.
Mark Gurman tweeted this on April 2:
I believe the new watchOS should be a fairly extensive upgrade — with notable changes to the user interface — unlike iOS 17. It’s important for watchOS to have a big year given that the Apple Watch hardware updates will be anything but major. The device is poised for a more… https://t.co/cXFOrLkawE
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 2, 2023
WatchOS 10 will be an indicator of 2024 updates
Rumors surrounding the hardware updates for the 2023 Apple Watch have been relatively quiet so far, with most discussions pointing towards significant changes in 2024, such as a micro-LED display and a bigger Apple Watch Ultra screen at 2.1 inches. This makes watchOS 10 a critical component of Apple’s overall strategy to keep its loyal customer base engaged and interested in its product offerings.
While it’s still too early to confirm the exact changes that will be introduced in watchOS 10, Gurman’s comments provide a glimpse into what we can expect. As it’s the tenth version of the operating system, Apple has every excuse to introduce significant changes to the user interface, which could potentially revolutionize how Apple Watch users interact with their devices.
All in all, Apple’s announcement of watchOS 10 is highly anticipated, and it will be interesting to see how the company plans to keep its loyal customer base engaged and interested in its product offerings, especially in light of the relatively minor hardware updates expected for the 2023 Apple Watch.