With watchOS 8, Apple has announced some new features for Apple Watch users, including a new Mindfulness app, photo sharing and more. Usually all new watchOS come with new dials, but this year Apple has only shown one new dial – Portraits. However, one of the WWDC 2021 sessions revealed that there is a new dial that has not been announced by Apple, this one called “World Timer.”
During the “What’s New in UIKit” session that highlights the latest updates and enhancements to the iOS user interface framework, Apple displays a screenshot of the Watch app in one of the demos. Interestingly, this screen reveals a new dial that the company has never announced.
The new dial is called World Timer and shows a world map with the time zones in dozens of cities around the world. This replicates some traditional mechanical watch models that also show the time zones of several cities around the world, similar to GMT watches ̵
It is unclear if this World Timer clock was not finished in time for watchOS 8 beta 1, or if Apple plans to release it later this year with the next generation Apple Watch and the official release of watchOS 8.
Last year, Apple unveiled just two new dials for watchOS 7 at WWDC 2020 and held back other new ones for the September event. This may indicate a new strategy from the company to just unveil the new dials with the announcement of a new Apple Watch model instead of introducing them at a developer event, as when the final iOS releases provide even more new wallpapers.
watchOS 8 beta is now available for developers, while a public beta will be released in July. The final release is expected later this year.
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