Apple just gave a detailed look at the biggest change for the Apple Look, watchOS 9

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At the time of this writing, there are more than 50 Apple Watch faces(opens in new tab) available to choose from. All already offered an abundance of choice and varying degrees of customization in terms of color, typeface and complication style — but watchOS 9, the latest Apple Watch software overhaul, just grew the collection and customization options even further.

Choosing what to display on your wrist whenever you glance at the time may be one of the first things you do when configuring a new Apple Watch. You may even create your own collection of Apple Watch faces after you learn how to operate the device. Your faces might reflect your personality on your wrist, provide quick access to your most-used apps, or just coordinate with your favourite clothing and planned events.

Highlights

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  • “Our team worked incredibly hard on crafting and designing this diverse collection of faces that we think our customers will really enjoy once they get it on their wrist,” said Kevin Chen, human interface designer at Apple. “Faces run the gamut from classic to modern, to fashion to function, and they all, most importantly, feel undoubtedly Apple Watch.”

Chen, Caldbeck and Joi Fulton took us behind the scenes of how prioritizing personality helped create the new watchOS 9 watch faces. Printing 3D models, building custom digital design-space tools and exploring how to leverage Apple Watch fixtures are a few of the tactics that might surprise you. If you’ve ever wondered about what goes into making a watch face for Apple Watch, you can read it here from actual watch face designers.

Together with additional upgrades to existing watch faces, more than ever it’s evident personalization is of the utmost importance to the best Apple Watch experience possible. Speaking to Tom’s Guide, Deidre Caldbeck, director of product marketing at Apple, even called the Apple Watch the company’s “most personal device.” “It’s the device that’s always on you.” Caldbeck said. “You wear it on your wrist all day, or for many, all night. With that in mind we continue to offer features to help you stay active, healthy, connected, but all with this underlying premise of personalization and choice, because it is such a personal device. The watch face is really the manifestation of that personalization.”

“One thing that was really fun for me was truly breaking down the process, whereas on my end, it’s very normal to have a quick idea on a notepad and just do it,” Fulton said. “It was really nice to just sit down over time working and just break down the different aspects, how they’re interacting. I do that with my work, but it’s not as important because I’m just doing it, versus truly thinking about who will be interacting with this.” The first time we saw Metropolitan, it felt as though it always existed on the Apple Watch with how it resembled a contemporary clock, yet encouraged interaction.

“We wanted to create a watch face that was super versatile and celebrate the history of typography and watchmaking,” said Chen. “Users can rotate the digital crown and play and wrap with the typography — something that regular watches and even our competitors can’t do, because we have the digital crown.”

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