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Apple releases watchOS 3.2, bringing a new feature: Theater Mode to the Watch

Apple has updated the software for the Apple Watch, adding a new Theater Mode, alongside SiriKit, which will allow third-party developers to integrate their apps with Siri for certain tasks like ride booking, messaging, payments and more.

But let’s take a look at the first new feature: Theater Mode. Initially rumored to feature in iOS 10.3, it ultimately appeared in early watchOS 3.2 betas.

According to Apple:

“Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.”

Considering a Watch is worn in full view, and can activate by raising the arm, a quick mode that prevents this from happening in a dark theater makes sense. You can see how it’ll look below:


Furthermore, Apple has added a series of new Watch faces. Some are specifically designed for the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch, while others match the new sport and nylon bands.

The Apple Watch can be bought in Apple retail stores, or online.

Related: Apple Watch Series 3 on the horizon – here’s what’s planned