Apple posted a new job listing on its website to recruit software developers for creating new Apple Watch faces and complications. Currently, Apple Watch has several preloaded watch faces that users can choose. When the user selects a watch face, they can also customize the color and complications. In addition to complication content from Apple’s own Watch apps, watchOS 2 added the ability for developers to create complications for their own apps.
The new watch faces will likely by introduced at a March event, where Apple will also launch new Apple Watch Bands and an update to watchOS 2.
What new Apple Watch faces and complications would you want in the update?
Apple’s collaborative Apple Watch with iconic fashion house Hermès can now be purchased online. Both brands offer all 10 configurations of the watch on their online storefronts. Previously, customers had to visit one of 18 designated Apple or Hermès retail stores to purchase the high-end watch.
This special version of the Apple Watch includes a stainless steel Apple Watch with a handmade Hermès leather band. Also, an exclusive watch face comes installed on the watch. Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff bands are available in a variety of colors. The Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1,100 and can be purchased here.
Today, Apple released developer previews of iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 that include the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone. For the new feature to work, all devices must run either iOS 9.3 or watchOS 2.2. Connecting more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone will be incredibly useful for users who want to use different Watch models for different situations. For example, an Apple Watch Edition owner can exclusively wear the luxury device in scenarios that pose little damage to the device. In addition, a separate Apple Watch Sport can also be paired to the user’s iPhone for use during more strenuous activities. The iPhone will detect which Watch is being worn and automatically connect the active Watch.
Expect the public release of iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 to arrive in several weeks.
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple will release two new exclusive Apple Watch Sport configurations. One configuration will include the silver Apple Watch Sport with a Red Sport Band, while the other configuration will feature the Gold Apple Watch Sport with the same Red Sport Band. These special edition models will go on sale January 15th and continue to be sold until February 22nd in China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. 38mm and 42mm versions of the Watch will be available. While the Chinese New Year will mark the first time Apple will sell the Apple Watch Sport with the Red Sport Band, users can buy the band separately and attach it to their Watches, so these special models are not expected to become collectable editions of the Apple Watch.
On Wednesday December 9th, Best Buy plans to lower the price of all its Apple Watch stock by $100. This means the entry-level 38mm Apple Watch Sport will cost only $249, while the stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $499. Best Buy stocks select configurations of both Apple Watch models. Click here to view Best Buy’s Apple Watch selection.
In terms of value, this offer tops Best Buy’s Black Friday Watch promotion, which only refused the price of Apple Watch Sport by $50. The new discount will last until Christmas and is intended to boost the sales of Apple Watch over the holiday season.
Apple is reportedly planning on launching the second generation Apple Watch in Q2 of 2016, with Quanta Computer said to be working with Apple to develop the device. This launch timeline would see the Apple Watch introduced by June 2016. Given this time period, the future device could see its introduction at Apple’s annual WWDC conference in early June. The current Apple Watch was announced at Apple’s 2014 September iPhone event and launched in April, but since it was a new product category, Apple needed more time for consumers to learn about the device between introduction and launch.
The next Apple Watch may include a FaceTime camera and a slimmer profile. New Wifi capabilities are also said to be created so the Watch can have more functions without the need to be connected to an iPhone.
Apple launched a new Apple Watch dock today, which features the magnetic Apple Watch charger atop a white disk. The magnetic connector flips up and down to allow users to either dock their Apple Watch in a flat position or on its side, as shown above. This feature offers a way to easily enable the Nightstand mode included in watchOS 2. With nightstand mode, the time, date, charge level, and alarm status is displayed when the screen is lightly touched.
The Apple Watch dock retails for $79 and includes a lightning to USB cable. The dock became available online today for delivery and in-store pickup beginning November 20.