watchOS 8 Home app displayed on an Apple Watch Series 4.

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With the Apple Watch almost approaching its 10th anniversary, watchOS is starting early in 2023 with its tenth version, and there’s plenty to look back on, while looking ahead as to what it should bring.

When the first Apple Watch was made available in 2015, watchOS 1 didn’t feature many third-party apps, and there was a big focus on communication rather than the fitness focus of what we see in the lineup today.

However, while there are a couple of features that we’d love to see return again, there are a few long-standing ones that should have appeared by now, which we’d like to finally see as we head into WWDC in June.

Release Date

Compatible Apple Watches

Third-Party Watch Faces

Weather Watch Face

Weather app on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura

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Bring back Time Travel

Better Camera Remote App

The camera app on watchOS is one of the underrated features of the Apple Watch, but it’s barely seen an update since it debuted with the original model back in 2015. More controls such as switching to Portrait Mode and Cinema Mode would be useful here, alongside 

Rest Days

While the Fitness app has seen great improvements in setting different goals for the three rings, there’s still no way to pause the streaks you’ve earned if you’re ill or had to commute somewhere that would end the streak.

Rest days are common with fitness, so it’s baffling, nine years since the launch of the Watch, that there’s no way to set this.

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Daryl is iMore’s  Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple’s products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he’s also written a book, ‘The Making of Tomb Raider (opens in new tab)‘, which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series’ early development. He’s also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.

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