Apple Watch users could get a substantial software upgrade this year

WatchOS 10 could see major overhaul of the way the Apple Watch looks

Apple Watch with watchOS 9
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The Apple Watch could be getting a major redesign when WatchOS 10 launches later this year. That's according to notable Apple insider, Mark Gurman. According to him, the Apple Watch software is going to pick up some slack, in a year when hardware changes are likely to be minimal.

In a tweet, Gurman said, "I believe the new watchOS should be a fairly extensive upgrade — with notable changes to the user interface."

He was notoriously tight-lipped, offering no details about what was changing. But it certainly sounds like the core look and feel of the user interface could take on a new identity.

There's plenty of things that could be offered to improve the user experience. Many users are crying out for better customisation options for watch faces. There are a few third-party apps which can offer that at the moment, but having something in-house would be a boost. Similarly, there's a lot of call for more dark mode watch faces, and for the watch to auto-switch from light to dark mode based on time or environment.

Personally, I think there could be a change to the bubble icon app menu. While it's a fairly good method of collating everything, it can be hard to navigate – particularly on smaller screens, like the 40mm Apple Watch SE

I'd also like to see the option to remove apps which aren't of use, to help declutter the grid. There are a whole host of apps on my Apple Watch which I have never, and will never use – so why can't I do away with the app icon?

Aside from the software update this year, Gurman also talked about a fairly substantial hardware update next year. He said, "There are plans for a major update to the watch hardware in 2024, complete with a larger, custom-built display."

That sounds a lot like a microLED Apple Watch, and does seem to fit the leaked timeline for that device. As for WatchOS 10, the software is expected to be announced at WWDC 2023. That means there's still around eight weeks before we can expect to see the changes, though expect more rumours to fly before then.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.