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watchOS 9 updates the Compass app on Apple Watch: here’s what’s new

watchOS 9 updates the Compass app on Apple Watch to a new and improved version. It now brings new handy features that make wayfinding easier than ever.

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CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 07: A new Apple Watch is shown at an Apple Special Event on September 07, 2022 in Cupertino, California.

Apple has finally rolled out the new version of watchOS to millions of Apple Watch users in various parts of the world.

While various performance improvements and bug fixes in the new update make the overall experience much more seamless, there are also some exciting new features to look forward to.

watchOS 9 updates the Compass app on Apple Watch

To be more specific, one of the most notable changes in the new watchOS 9 update is the improved Apple Watch compass app.

In fact, according to the latest report from Mac Rumors, Apple introduced the much-hyped Apple Watch Ultra while showing off the new and improved Compass app on the smart wearable.

And now the iPhone maker has finally rolled out the all-new watchOS 9 after months of beta testing.

It’s currently available in various Apple Watch models, including Series 5 and newer, as well as the budget SE variant.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: Apple COO Jeff Williams introduces the new Apple Watch Series 2 ceramic smartwatch at a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

However, it should be mentioned that the orientation feature only works on Series 6 and later.

But this does not necessarily mean that Series 5 users no longer receive the new version of watchOS. It only means that they are missing some key features due to the limitation of their old portable devices.

With that, the new watchOS 9 update brings the new Compass app to eligible Apple Watch devices.

The new Compass app now notably comes with built-in wayfinding, according to a recent report by Mac 9to5.

The new Waypoints feature allows Series 6 and later users to see an analog compass view, as well as a digital view of directions.

Compass app: hybrid and zoom views

Apart from the new wayfinding feature, the renowned tech giant claims that its updated app now allows users to explore a more comprehensive view of various information. All thanks to the Apple Watch app’s all-new display options, such as hybrid and zoomable view.

The zoomable view essentially allows users to take a closer look at various compass information, such as longitude, latitude, elevation, tilt, and bearing, Mac Rumors notes in its report.

On the other hand, the hybrid view offers both the analog and digital view, allowing users to see more useful information.

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Apple Watch Ultra Waypoints

As mentioned, the brand new rugged version of the wearable device, aptly named Apple Watch Ultra, rocks the new Waypoints feature.

What sets it apart from other Apple Watch variants is that it sports a new action button, allowing users to create waypoints even when offline.

Related article: Apple Watch Ultra vs. Tech Wearables: Better than Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Garmin and PLUS?

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