Now you can answer calls, take photos, or listen to music with your Apple Watch without even touching it.
During the “Wonderlust” event organized on September 12 at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled Double Tap (called “Touch twice” on the brand’s French site), a new feature that allows you to control your Apple Watch simply by double-tapping your index finger and thumb.
Types of uses
The two-touch gesture works like an app’s home button. So you can use it to take a photo with your camera, pause and play music in Apple Music, snooze an alarm, take and end a phone call, and more. The same gesture can also be used to launch Smart Stack and scroll through widgets.
How it works ?
Double Tap works by detecting the unique signature of movements and changes in your blood flow when the index finger and thumb perform a double tap. To do this, the neural engine processes data from different sensors, including the accelerometer, gyroscope and optical heart sensor.
It’s for when ?
The new gestures will be available next month on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 as a software update. Both smartwatches also feature Apple’s new Ultra Wideband chip for precision tracking and integration with HomePod.
The Apple Watch Series 9 is priced from €449 in France, while the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is priced from €899. They are both available for pre-order today and will ship on September 22.