The iPhone can send a notification when a paired Apple Watch is charged. This handy feature lets you know immediately when the Apple Watch battery has been topped off to full capacity. Taking the guessing out of battery monitoring requires a few extra steps. In order to receive an alert when the Apple Watch is fully charged, sleep tracking for Apple Watch must be enabled on the iPhone.
Apple may be looking to expand its 40 percent share of the smartwatch market with a new model known as the Explorer Edition. This version of the Apple Watch would have a rugged design with additional protection for extreme sports. A rubberized exterior could increase impact resistance, preventing damage to the outer case.
A limited number of Apple Watch units might not charge after entering Power Reserve mode. Power Reserve normally saves the last of the battery life remaining by shutting down all features except the time. Pressing the side button in Power Reserve displays the time and a red low battery icon. When the battery gets too low, the watch will automatically enter Power Reserve.
Apple Watch owners have a new option to easily unlock their iPhones when wearing a face mask. The global pandemic has made it more difficult to unlock iPhones using Face ID, given that the TrueDepth camera looks to match an entire face. With the mouth and nose covered, this process mostly ends up with the user entering a passcode. Some have tried to train their iPhones to recognize a mask, but there is a more secure way.
The grid view of app icons on Apple Watch acts like the macOS dock, making apps that are closer to the center larger. Swiping around a large collection of apps floating like bubbles is not everyone's favorite interface. For those who prefer to see app names, a scrollable list may be easier to use. Switching between the two is accomplished with a few taps.
The app view can be changed at any time, either on the paired iPhone or on the Apple Watch directly. Once the app view is switched to a list, the Digital Crown can be used to browse apps.