OPINION: Whereas Apple’s 2023 WWDC occasion will undoubtedly be remembered because the evening that Apple lastly unveiled its long-awaited VR/AR headset (now generally known as Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional), I discovered myself enamoured with the Apple Watch updates coming from watchOS 10 to the purpose the place I realised one thing: there’s simply no approach that Put on OS can catch up now.
Earlier than the Android camp raises its pitchforks, let me caveat that I actually love Put on OS 3. I’ve had nothing however nice experiences with the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5, and whereas it didn’t obtain fairly the reception that Google was searching for, I nonetheless loved my temporary time utilizing the Pixel Watch.
The issue is that watchOS is up to now forward of the competitors that it feels prefer it’s taking part in a totally completely different ball sport.
Even simply to take a look at the overview of watchOS 10, it’s arduous to not be impressed. Eligible gadgets will quickly get to get pleasure from new options together with utterly redesigned apps that make higher use of the display, two new watch faces – one in all which incorporates cartoon famous person Snoopy, monitoring that ensures you’re spending sufficient time outdoor and most impressively, Sensible Stack for Apple Watch, which is as near a widget-style system because the wearable has ever had.
That’s only a few of the primary options coming to the Apple Watch courtesy of watchOS 10, and the replace will likely be out there to gadgets stretching again so far as the Apple Watch Collection 4. By comparability, a ton of wearables that had been launched simply previous to the debut of Put on OS 3 by no means obtained the replace, bringing the longevity of these gadgets into query.
Within the time since, it’s been a sluggish push to deliver Put on OS 3 to market and admittedly, the software program is leagues higher than Put on OS 2 – the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Pixel Watch really feel like trendy wearables, and the tiles system for fast app entry has by no means appeared higher.
Throughout its latest I/O occasion, Google introduced that it was actively engaged on Put on OS 4 which is able to embrace just a few main updates for Google’s in-house apps on wearables. That is nice to listen to because it’s the kind of clean baseline performance you’d need on a Put on OS system, however it’s the kind of performance that Apple’s had within the bag for years now.
The truth that Apple can spend an honest chunk of its watchOS 10 presentation speaking about Snoopy animations ought to inform you simply how assured the corporate is concerning the prowess of the Apple Watch, and except Google seeks to intention for the same yearly replace cycle for Put on OS, I simply don’t see how the platform might ever hope to catch up.