Major changes predicted for the Apple Watch user interface in watchOS 10

Apple’s upcoming watchOS 10 software could be considered a “fairly extensive upgrade” as it’s said to bring major changes to the Apple Watch user interface.

Apple Watch Series 8 Hermes on a businessman's wrist
watchOS 10 should be an extensive upgrade | Image: Boris Bučko/Unsplash
  • What’s happening? The Apple Watch’s user interface hasn’t changed much over the years, but the upcoming watchOS 10 software could change that.
  • Why care? New is always exciting, but it’s unclear how the Apple Watch’s interface might evolve because the current one is pretty usable.
  • What to do? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

watchOS 10 may refresh the Apple Watch user interface

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter on Bloomberg, Mark Gurman hinted at significant changes for the Apple Watch user interface. The software, he writes, “should be a fairly extensive upgrade.” Gurman went on to describe the update as bringing “notable changes to the user interface—unlike iOS 17.”

Does that mean third-party watch faces? A new way to navigate the Apple Watch? Or perhaps something totally different and unexpected? We wish we knew the answers to those questions.

As Gurman didn’t elaborate, we know nothing about this supposed Apple Watch user interface refresh. He did, however, propose that since watchOS will this year pass a major milestone with version 10, Apple needs to excite consumers.

This will become especially important “given that the Apple Watch hardware updates will be anything but major.” Other Apple products should also see modest upgrades this year, Gurman reported earlier, because the headset is said to have consumed all of Apple’s energies.

Apple will preview watchOS 10 at WWDC

An aerial view of the Apple Park headquarters taken at sunset during the golden hour period
The Apple Park headquarters | Image: Carles Rabada / Unsplash

We won’t have to wait too long to see everything new in watchOS 10—Apple is holding its WWDC event from June 5-9 this year where it’ll preview the most significant changes for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17 watchOS 10 and macOS 14.0.

The current watchOS 9.4 software fixes a bug with the cover-to-mute gesture causing you to wake up late while expanding the Cycle Tracking and AFib History features to new markets, including Moldova and Ukraine. The update also recalibrates the battery life on the 44mm Apple Watch Series 6.

As for iOS 17, Gurman said earlier that his sources told him that iOS 17 will be mostly a maintenance update with some new features to keep people interested.