Apple is bringing a major redesign of several apps to Apple Watch this year, but with the advent of the immense Apple Watch Ultra last year, there was always going to be some focus on the great outdoors.
Apple has developed a new Compass app on watchOS 10 that can generate two new types of waypoints. There’s now a Last Cellular Connection Waypoint that shows you the last place you had cellular reception in case you need to check messages or make a call. And there’s also a Last Emergency Call Waypoint so that you can see where your device last had a connection to any available network to make an emergency call. But that’s not all, watchOS 10 also brings some major new navigation features that put it one step ahead of Garmin on the trail.
Apple announced a new Elevation view that can use altimeter data to show a 3D view of saved waypoints for preparing a route, and starting in the U.S., Apple Maps is going to get new topographic maps featuring contour lines, hill shading, elevation details, and points of interest.”
As our friends at TechRadarnote, Garmins usually require topographic maps “to be downloaded separately as GPX files using the Garmin Explore app, while more detailed satellite maps have to be purchased.”
Apple has brought this feature right to your wrist as part of Apple Maps, and it looks like other countries could follow the U.S. at a later date.
watchOS 10 is going to be a massive upgrade to the Apple Watch Ultra thanks to these changes and will present more reasons for users to choose Apple over Garmin when it comes to the perfect outdoor wearable companion.