During the beta process for iOS 11.3 it was noticed that there were strings within the software which related to what appeared to be a new Pride face for the Apple Watch.
These strings were subsequently removed, but as of the public release of iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 yesterday, they’re back. According to 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo, those strings not only give us more information about the face but also tell us when it will be released.
Starting out with that release date first, strings identified inside the two new releases appear to show that the new Price face will become available at 12:00 PST on June 4th. That means it’s a pretty safe bet that the watch face will get some stage time during the WWDC 2018 opening keynote, or at the very least be mentioned.
When it does become available, we now also know what it will look like thanks to video assets identified in the watchOS update. The folks over at 9to5Mac were able to turn these assets into a preview of the watch face, and it’s pretty lovely to look at.
A static image was also spotted, likely to be used in the Apple Watch app for preview purposes. Apparently “inspired by the rainbow flag,” the watch face strings also note that “the threads of color move if you tap the display.”
Want to get it today? Turns out, simply changing the date in your iPhone to anything on or after June 5 will magically enable the new watch face in the Watch companion app on iPhone.
This new watch face is not the only thing that will be shown off during WWDC, and we can’t wait to see what Apple has in store. We expect to get our first look at iOS 12 and watchOS 5, so we’ll keep you posted on the rumors leading up to next week as well as what Apple actually takes the wraps off of on June 4th.
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