watchOS 3.2 update to add Theater Mode, Siri integration for specific apps

watchOS 3.2 update to add Theater Mode, Siri integration for specific apps
The update to watchOS 3.2 for the Apple Watch is still contained within Apple's labs, but a change log for it is already available online, giving out the upcoming changes and new features. Okay, there are only two of them, but they are interesting! First off, Theater Mode. When activated, it mutes the wearable and prevents its display from lighting up when you raise your wrist. This makes the wearable less distracting in the dark. It still receives notifications, though, complete with haptic signals. Notifications can be quickly glanced at by tapping the screen or using the Digital Crown.

It is rumored that Theater Mode will be added to iOS in a forthcoming update, although the iOS 10.3 beta that's been released to developers doesn't have it. Still, Theater Mode makes more sense on the Apple Watch which is worn on the wrist as the iPhone resides inside a pocket or purse.

The second addition in watchOS 3.2 is SiriKit. Basically, any app with messaging, payments, booking, workout, calling, and photo searching functionality can be summoned through Siri, if its developers add the integration.

There's no timeframe for the watchOS 3.2 update, nor are there any beta releases yet. Apple will potentially add more features to it over the course of its development.

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8 Comments

1. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Apple desperately needs to improve the Watches interface, it's so clunky and non-intuitive. Apple should buy a Gear S3, and see how an easy to use watch OS is made.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Of course easy since you can do nothing on it compared to an Apple Watch.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

HAHAHA you can do more with the gear then the iphone.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I will add though, the apple watch does look better on a woman then the gear.

4. Nopers unregistered

Idk, I prefer the Apple watch UI, on Tizen you have to scroll through all your apps to get to it but on watchOS its relatively easy to find in the honeycomb homescreen and your most used apps in a dock vs, again scrolling round with the bezel.

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The Apple Watch is becoming more and more powerful. By far the best in the market.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The best on the market in terms of what exactly? Sure as heck ain't looks, because the Apple Watch design is like a fitness tracker you'd get for free in a McDonalds happy meal. I get that design isn't everything, but when it comes to watches, design sure does matter considering it sits on your wrist and is seen by everyone.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It might be the best selling smart watch now but still just don't see a need for one. My Casio which cost 15 bucks can do 5 years on a single charge. Rather look at my phone for reading emails and notifications.

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