The new Double Tap gesture for the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 will be enabled starting with watchOS 10.1, according to Marques Brownlee, host of the popular tech-focused YouTube channel MKBHD.
The first beta of watchOS 10.1 will likely be available by next week, and Apple announced that the software update will be released next month.
Brownlee shared his impressions of the Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the video below, which was highlighted by @M1Astra on X, formerly Twitter.
Double Tap will allow users to tap their watch hand’s index finger and thumb together twice to perform common actions on the Apple Watch, such as stopping a timer, playing and pausing music, snoozing an alarm, answering and ending a phone call, opening the Smart Stack, and more, all without touching the screen.
Apple says Double Tap is enabled by the S9 chip’s faster Neural Engine, so the feature is only available on the Series 9 and Ultra 2. Apple said it developed an algorithm that detects the “unique signature” of tiny wrist movements and changes in blood flow when the index finger and thumb are tapped together.
A similar but more limited accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch is already available on the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer.
Both new Apple Watch models launch this Friday, but Double Tap will require watchOS 10.1. For now, the latest version is watchOS 10.0.1, released today.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 9Tag: Double TapBuyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)
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