Apple Watch's new watchOS 9 dial experience: Phases of the moon, Happy Hour, Metropolis, astronomy
Apple today announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and the first developer preview Beta.
Apple's watchOS 9 update introduces several new dial options: a "lunar phase" dial that depicts the relationship between the solar and lunar calendars and can be used in a variety of cultural Settings, including Chinese, Islamic and Hebrew; Unique dynamic "Happy Hour" dial, created by Apple Watch in collaboration with artist Joi Fulton; The elegant cosmopolitan font face changes style as the user rotates the digital crown; There's also a completely reworked "Astronomy" dial with new star mapping and cloud data features. Several existing dials were also improved.
"Phases of the moon" depicts the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and the lunar calendar, which is used in cultures including Chinese, Islamic and Hebrew. The dial can use up to four complex functions.
Happy Hour is a fun, dynamic Apple Watch dial with animated numbers that was designed in collaboration with artist Joi Fulton. Rotating the digital crown changes the background with animated confetti, and if you click on them, the character reacts. You can choose to use confetti background or solid color background, but without complexity.
The Metropolis is a classic Apple Watch face that changes style when you turn the digital crown. The custom-designed numbers change in style and weight, and rotate into pills when the wrist is down. Up to four complex functions can be added to the round dial, with customizable colors.
Astronomy is actually an improved version of the original astronomical dial, but it has been reworked to include new star maps and current cloud data based on your location. You can set the Earth, moon or solar system as the main view and customize the font. It supports two complex functions, which allow you to fast forward or rewind by turning the digital crown to see the phases of the moon/planets on another day.
As for the existing dial, the watchOS 9 adds complex features that are enhanced and modernized, as well as some design updates. Portrait faces have depth effects on more photos including cats, dogs and landscapes, and Chinese scripts have been added to California and Typograph dials.
WatchOS 9 works with Apple Watch Series 4 and later, but not With Apple Watch Series 3.