Alan Dye, Apple’s vice president of human interface design, has reunited with the Hodinkee Radio podcast to discuss the continued development of the Apple Watch. This year, Dye offers a thorough look at the Apple Watch Series 6, watchOS 7, and details on how Apple’s design team has adapted to the COVID-19.
Here is the description of the episode with permission from Hodinkee:
We talk about why Apple continues to look at the old school, analog clock for clock inspiration, the challenges of designing flexible dial platforms instead of built-in faces, and how Alan’s team responded quickly to some COVID-induced design needs. As always, Alan offers extremely thoughtful answers along with the rare peek behind the curtain on Apple.
One of the topics discussed during the show is the new handwashing feature in watchOS 7. Other Apple executives had already said that the handwashing feature was working before the COVID-1
People at Apple investigated the possibility of detecting handwashing quite a few months ago, Dye says during the interview.
“We saw what was happening in the world and encrypted to come up with a user interface and an experience that would encourage users to wash their hands for 20 seconds,” he adds. “The timing worked really well, and we needed to get it in this release because we knew how important it could be.”
Aside from hand washing, Dye also offered insights into the new sleep tracking features across the Apple Watch and iPhone, the new watches in watchOS 7 and Blood Oxygen monitoring with the Apple Watch Series 6. The entire interview is definitely worth listening to if you’re interested in Apple Watch hardware and software. You can find it on the Hodinkee website or subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts.
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