Apple Watch Series 9 users can now try out the new double tap gesture in the watchOS 10.1 public beta. This gesture allows users to perform a contextually relevant action in an app without touching the screen.
To use the double tap gesture, simply pinch together your index finger and thumb twice on the watch face. The specific action that the gesture performs will vary depending on the app that is currently active. For example, in the Messages app, double tapping will bring up the voice reply option. In the Timer app, double tapping will pause or resume the timer.
The double tap gesture is also available in the Smart Stack, which is a new feature in watchOS 10.1 that allows users to quickly access a variety of widgets on their watch face. By double tapping on the Smart Stack, users can scroll through the list of widgets or select the current widget to open the corresponding app.
The double tap gesture is a new and innovative way to interact with the Apple Watch. It is especially useful for users who want to be able to use their watch one-handed without having to touch the screen.
Here are some examples of how the double tap gesture can be used:
- In the Messages app: Double tap to bring up the voice reply option.
- In the Timer app: Double tap to pause or resume the timer.
- In the Smart Stack: Double tap to scroll through the list of widgets or select the current widget to open the corresponding app.
- In any other app: Double tap to perform the same action as pressing the primary button onscreen.
The double tap gesture is still under development, but it is a promising new feature that has the potential to make the Apple Watch even more user-friendly.