When Apple leaked a picture of its upcoming Apple Watch Series 4, most of the attention was focused on the hardware. But next to the golden border, the larger exhibition area and the possibly slimmer body, there is the face.
This brand new Watchface is a combination of several old ones that Apple described as Activity, Utility and Chronograph. It is reminiscent of very high-quality analog watches, but looks better.
There are nine complications around the hour, minute and second hands, and each one is clear and clear. At least they are clear and clear: it's not the same thing as knowing what each of them does or what he is for.
What's going on?
With all Apple Watches released so far, you have been able to change all the complications to display data from third-party apps. So you can z. B. Count your tasks from OmniFocus and start this app by tapping the complication.
Presumably, this will continue to be the case, but it's not surprising that all nine of the complications occurred in the leakage image seems to be from Apple. We still expect you to be able to tap one of them for more details from the special app on your watch.
At the top left of the face is a countdown timer that is in progress. Given that it reads 14:59, it may have been counted down to 15 minutes, but there is also a progress bar that seems to be more than a second away.
Around the center of the clock face there are markers for minutes, but the top of the circle is broken with text indicating your next calendar date or appointment.
Presumably the length of it depends on the title of the next event, but it will also have certain limits.
This information is currently best shown on two Apple Watch faces, the Chronograph and the Utility
The Apple Watch Series 4 face, however, both appear colorless.
Then, while a bottom line showing text is probably clearer, this 12pm lunch with Ken Tartine gets more room. It occupies about one third of the circle or is equivalent to 20 minutes.
We do not know who Ken is, but he could meet us at the Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. We should leave soon, then: Tartine has two restaurants in the city and both are about an hour's drive from Apple Park in Cupertino.
Previously, the weather complication could indicate the temperature, but this new version uses the extra space to provide more.
It still shows the current temperature, but that is above a bar with the minimum and maximum of the day. Notice the circle within the bar that indicates where this area is now.
Day and Date
While it is only the date and the day, this is actually much clearer than any previous equivalent. Previously, this information was limited to either a small complication or a single shortened line of text over digital time displays.
It is strange that it shows Wednesday 23 and not, for example, Wednesday 12. That's the day this picture is (19659008) Music
This is the only complication that is shown in this example that you can interact with the use of the digital crown.
Turning this crown will increase or decrease the volume that represents the volume. At lower volume, the circle will probably be green: Apple warns you when it gets louder.
Someone has not stopped much today. This is the activity complication that is updated to show your exercise during the day and again it is clearer than before. The Siri face had a similarly sized icon in its scroll list of items.
Otherwise, Activity was either a monochrome complication or a big icon behind the clock hands in her own face.
The complete astronomy face shows either the same view of the earth showing the terminator between day and night, or the equivalent view of the moon.
Bottom left is the current Ultra Violet Index. Example 3.6 comes in the area of staying in the shade as much as possible.
What matters is where the data could come from. Earlier this year, Apple filed a patent for "Light-based Shielding Detection," which describes a portable sunscreen detector.
The submission specifically contained the mention of the Apple Watch and described the detector as something that could be "connectable to a portable electronic device".
Sunrise / Sunset
This last complication is one that uses the extra space available on the display, though possibly unnecessarily so.
It's what current clocks call the Sunrise / Sunset complication. Here it shows the time of the sunset today, 19:30 but also the fact that this is in 9 hours and 21 minutes time.
You have the time for the sunset and you look at a clock, it's hard to know how many times you want this extra information.
Also note that complications one and nine have a similar pattern. They display current information such as the countdown or sunset time around the circle of the dial and have an icon around the corner. By comparison, complications three and eight use this symbol space to show the most important data.
Provided that you can assume that the sunset symbol changes to a sunrise at appropriate times, it is likely that the timer is capable of switching to a stopwatch
This number of Complications are either impressive or garish. However, the fact that so much is legible and clear is a sign of the larger exhibition space.
That's why Apple chose this face to show the new watch. But part of us is looking forward to seeing Mickey Mouse as well.
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