With Apple now offering the Apple Watch for pre-order and allowing interested parties to try the wearable out at retail stores, we’re learning more and more about its functionality with every day that passes. Given the relatively small display of the Watch versus the likes of the iPhone and iPad, the software aspect is one that Apple has had to rebuild from the ground up, and while the design has been heavily lauded since we first clapped eyes on the device back in September, the UI and UX is unquestionably solid as well. Now, for the first time, we get a proper look at how multitasking will work.
When we look back at iOS’s development over the years, multitasking has been one feature that, until fairly recently, did not exist. It wasn’t until iOS 4 that we saw even a trace of such functionality, and the half-baked, sliding row of app icons left much to be desired. iOS 7 brought the much-enhanced exposé view that signaled the arrival of true multitasking to Apple’s mobile platform, and having gained plenty of experience in catering to iPhone and iPad over the years, the Cupertino’s latest mobile product offers a neat multitasking feature right off the bat.
It’s quite apparent that the Digital Crown will be the focal point of navigation. Sure, the Apple Watch is equipped with a touch-based display, meaning that users can interact with it a la iOS, but the versatility of the Digital Crown is integral to the overall experience. Indeed, where multitasking is concerned, the Digital Crown is key, and permits users to switch apps with consummate ease.
As discovered by one Reddit user, a double-tap of the Digital Crown lets a user easily flit between recently opened apps, and not only is it very easy to do, but it seems quite smooth and polished given Apple Watch’s infancy.
As the try-on sessions continue and more folk go out to Apple Stores to catch a glimpse of the device, we’ll gather an even better idea as to its capabilities. Apple has naturally talked up the wearable, but hasn’t divulged everything there is to know, and as the April 24th release approaches, we look forward to hearing more.