Double Tap gesturing comes to Apple Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches

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Apple is bringing the double-tap gesture to its WatchOS 10.1 today, which means you can use it on the Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches.

The double-tap gesture aims to increase convenience for users, allowing them to control their watch with just one hand. All they have to do is tap the index finger and thumb of their watch hand together twice.

This is very helpful in situations when the user’s other hand is busy, and they cannot use it to perform functions on the watch. It also serves as a nice contactless feature, which can be helpful if the user has dirty hands.

Apple listed a lot of things The double-tap gesture allows you to do this, which can be set as the primary action for the gesture:

  • Opening Smart Stack from any watch face and scrolling through the widgets in the stack.
  • Answering and ending phone calls.
  • Viewing a message from a notification, scrolling through long notifications with an additional double tap, replying using dictation, and sending a message.
  • Stopping, restarting and ending the timer.
  • Stopping and restarting the stopwatch.
  • Snooze the alarm.
  • Playing and pausing music, podcasts and audiobooks.
  • Switching to the new elevation view in the Compass app.
  • Taking an iPhone photo with the Camera Remote in the Camera app.
  • Start or stop automatic workout reminders.
  • Taking basic actions from notifications, such as replying to messages from messaging apps and snoozing reminders – including from third parties.

For this gesture to work, the user’s display must be active, and Apple claims it should have “minimal impact” on the battery life of Series 9 or Ultra 2 watches.

The double-tap gesture is powered by the S9 SiP chip inside the Series 9 and Ultra 2, which is 25% more power efficient than its predecessor. Its 4-core neural engine inside the watches uses a machine learning algorithm that allows it to detect slight changes in wrist movement and changes in blood flow when performing a double tab gesture.

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