Apple Watch features that would be good on the next iPhone

“Apple has been working on its smartphone for over a decade, and iterating on that work going on eight years. Come this fall, we’ll almost certainly see a new generation of iPhone models — let’s call them iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, to stick to pattern — with iOS 9 to go with them,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore.

“The Apple Watch, in contrast, has undergone related but distinct development for just about four years now. It’s Apple’s signature hardware — but wearable — and more importantly, it’s iOS, rethought for the wrist,” Ritchie writes. “Jony Ive, Kevin Lynch, and the teams working on the Watch have come up with features that could be, with the proper translations, just as compelling in the hand with your iPhone. Here are our top six we’d love to see brought over from Watch OS to iOS this fall.”

1. Complications
2. Staged notifications
3. Night theme
4. Force Touch and Taptic Engine
5. Digital touch
6. Clear all notifications

Each of the six features above explained, with screenshots, in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes times six, and especially numbers 1 and 4, please!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. Your search engine is your friend: “In horology, the study of clocks and watches, a complication refers to any feature in a timepiece beyond the simple display of hours and minutes.”

    2. It’s an “horological” (watch designer-speak) reference. IIRC, a “complication” is a button or dial on the watch. It’s like the buttons you press on a Casio to set the time, switch modes, start/stop stopwatch. On the Apple Watch it’s the Digital Crown and the Side Button which are used to control function on the watch.

      Or, I could just be wrong!

          1. It’s the extra features on the watch face. The moon dial, or stopwatch dial, or date, etc. On the Apple Watch, it’s everything on the watch face screen that’s not the actual clock.

    3. Yes, these are the bits of data that “complicate” the simple watch face…

      I really do not like the term. I would rather they were call “enhancements.”

      For that matter who ever coined the term “horology”?

      1. In the mechanical watch world, these “enhancements” are really complicated, taking a lot of effort to design and build. I like the term, both as an homage to the horological world and as short hand for the idea of personal customization of display content.

        “Horology” used in the context of watch building was first used in 1819. Try to keep up.

  1. Maybe in a few years, but, doesn’t the allure of exclusive features maintain luster and yearning for the device?

    Digital touch? Cool on the phone? Yeah, but it’s special on the watch.

    Tech companies purposely iterate incrementally, not because they don’t know, don’t know how, or any other reason.

    Complications – sounds like we’re veering into Droid-Land now.


    Anyway, my two cents…

  2. I don’t understand articles like this one. The next iPhone is only a few months away. There is not enough to time for Apple to take the author’s advice. So what is the point? Apple has been working on the next iPhone probably before releasing the current one. The author might have some interesting ideas but his timing is off by a generation.

      think a mode where battery senses that it is low, and stops user from X, Y, and Z activities (user specified battery hog activities) so the “more important” A, B, and C activities (also user specified) are still available for a longer time (listening to the music on an international flight will not render your phone useless to call your mate when you arrive home, for example)
      could just be a more robust warning feature where you set the threshold, and screen dims according to your presets, etc…… the time should always be available on a watch, the phone should always be available on a “phone”

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