So you want to type a text message on your Apple Watch using letters, the old fashioned way? The dictation feature doesn’t work for you, and the default replies aren’t sophisticated enough to cover what you need to say.
WatchOS3, coming late 2016, will bring a new Scribble feature. Using Scribble, you’ll be able to handwrite words and letters with your finger and the watch will recognize them and convert the handwriting to text. Scribble will work in English or Chinese. Scribble won’t be the same as a keyboard, but it’s a step in the ummm, “write” direction.
Interested in the other new WatchOS 3 features? You can look forward to:
- Social engagement in Fitness & Health. Follow friends and share achievements about your workouts.
- A Breath app to guided you in daily deep breathing sessions.
- In addition to handwriting, reply to messages with stickers, full-screen effects and invisible ink.
- SOS will connect you with emergency services world-wide.
- Apple will introduce all new watch faces with detailed complications (of course!)
- The side button will lead to a dock with quick access to favorite and recently-used apps
- Finally, Apple will customize the Activity app for wheelchair users. Wheel pushes contribute to daily calorie & movement goals, and the “Time to Stand” reminder will become “Time to Roll.”
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