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watchOS 3 features Taptic Time, An Accessibility Feature to Tell Time Without Look at the Display

watchOS 3 features Taptic Time, An Accessibility Feature to Tell Time Without Look at the Display

July 13, 2016

Reddit user AppleBetas points to a new accessibility feature buried in watchOS 3 called “Taptic Time.” The feature essentially allows wearers to double or triple tap on the Apple Watch’s display and have the time communicated to them via the Taptic Engine.

Taptic Time

Taptic Time supports three different ways to tell you the time: Digits, Terse, and Morse Code. The feature requires VoiceOver be turned on, something both AppleBetas and I wish you didn’t need to do. Still, the fact that Apple is paying so much attention to accessibility┬áis something that should be praised. Few companies are this dedicated to helping folks with disabilities and Apple seem to be at the forefront of making sure they don’t have a second-rate experience.

WatchOS 3 will likely become public sometime this Fall alongside new Apple Watch hardware rumored to feature GPS, a FaceTime camera and much more.