Double tap reportedly shows up in the WatchOS 10.1 dev beta. The said feature which will be exclusive to Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 models of this year offers users contextual control of their watch via pinchy gesture.
Double Tap WatchOS 10.1 Dev Beta
Double tap, which allows Apple Watch users to tap their thumb and index finger together twice in order to control the watch contextually, is one of the coolest features of the latest Apple Watch models. The feature in question wasn’t included at launch, but 9to5Mac however reports that it is available now in the watchOS 10.1 developer beta. The public beta as well as the general release in question is almost certainly not far behind, but if it is that you have an Apple Watch Series 9 or Ultra 2 and you are feeling mildly adventurous, then you can try it out today. The beta is easy to sign up for these days.
Expert Analysis and Review of the Double Tap Feature
The contextual pinchy as you should know allows you to perform common Apple Watch tasks one-handed without having to tap on the screen with your nose. And just as expert Victoria Song wrote in her review of the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, “For example, say you get a text. If you double-tap, it’ll bring up the ability to reply via voice messages.
Double-tapping again will send the message. For a timer, double-tapping once will pause the timer. Doing it again will unpause it. When the timer goes off, pinchy pinching will stop the timer. I’ve also used it to control the camera shutter, control my music, snooze alarms, scroll through watchOS 10’s widget stack, and answer / end calls.”
How the New Feature Works
The feature in question makes use of the neural engine of the S9 processor, which, Apple has stated, is why it is exclusive to the Series 9 and Ultra 2. A vaguely similar pinch-to-navigate option on the other hand has been available in the accessibility options of the watchOS for years now as it is more powerful but however very much less intuitive and more processor-intensive, and it is also designed for users with accessibility needs. Double tap as you should know is more of a convenience feature.
The Double Tap Feature Is A Little Finicky According To a Review
Vee also stated that double tap was a little finicky when she reportedly tested a prerelease version that it took a while to get the hang of the timing, and she and the watch didn’t agree always on what it made sense for it to do in a particular context. It will very much be interesting to see what, if anything, changes as Double Tap now moves toward a full release. I on the other hand will just be over here with my Series 5, air-pinching to no avail.
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