The next Apple Watch update is around the corner and with it comes a brand new Apple Watch face, inspired by the colors of the Pan-African flag, that changes dynamically as you move.
Unity on your wrist
Dubbed “Unity,” the new one joins the growing collection of stock faces that come preinstalled with each watchOS update. 9to5Mac, which first discovered “Unity,” notes that the new watch face offers some opportunities for customization with the following color combinations:
- Black and grey
- Red, black and green
- Red, Black and yellow
And here is what it looks like.
Red represents the blood that unites the people of the African diaspora and was shed for their liberation. Black is for the people whose lives are affirmed by the flag. And green is a symbol of the vibrant, natural wealth of Africa, the Motherland.
But there’s something really interesting about “Unity” that you may not notice at first.
A watch face that changes as you move
As the source article explains:
In addition to the color options, the ‘Unity’ watch face lets users add a date complication at the top and another complication at the bottom.
And it responds to your movement in real-time!
Apple didn’t detail how exactly the movement makes the watch face change, but I noticed the shapes and colors change subtly when I’m moving — and this all happens in real-time. When I walk or move my arms, I can see the watch face slowly changing.
The new watch face is part of the upcoming watchOS 7.3 software update that will release to the general public in a matter of days. Earlier today, Apple released the first so-called release candidate (RC) of watchOS 7.3, along with RC versions of iOS 14.4 and other OS updates. The move strongly indicates that watchOS 7.3 is now ready for prime time.
watchOS 7.3 release notes
From Apple’s release notes, here’s everything new, fixed and improved in watchOS 7.3:
- Unity watch face inspired by the colors of the Pan-African Flag, the shapes change throughout the day as you move creating a face that’s unique to you
- Time to Walk for Apple Fitness+ subscribers an audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as you walk
- ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines and Thailand
- Irregular heart rhythm notifications in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand
- Fix for an issue where Control Center and Notification Center may be unresponsive when Zoom is enabled
Information about the security content of watchOS 7.3 will be shared in a support document on Apple’s website after the update has been released for public consumption. Watch this space as we keep you updated on general availability of the watchOS 7.3 update.
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