The Apple Watch already has excellent capabilities and lets you use it differently. However, most of these involve using your other hand to control the Apple Watch, but what if it’s occupied with something else? Apple introduced the Double tap feature with Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 to counter this issue.
The double tap gesture allows you to perform most of the everyday actions on them without touching the display. To trigger a double tap, all you have to do is tap the index and thumb fingers twice quickly. For more details on this handy feature (literally), keep reading.
Things you can do with double tap gesture on Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2
The Double tap acts as a primary button for most of the apps in Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2.
- For instance, you can use the Double tap function to stop a timer in the Timer app, play/pause music in the Music app, receive/end calls, snooze an alarm, and more.
- Also, double-tapping from the watch face will launch Smart Stacks, and you can keep double-tapping to scroll through Smart Stacks.
The double tap gesture relies on the Neural Engine in the S9 chipset, which utilizes the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor with a new machine learning algorithm. The algorithm detects tiny wrist movements and changes in blood flow whenever you trigger the Double tap gesture for better accuracy and fewer accidental triggers.
This feature is only present on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 and will be available in October 2023 with a software update for watchOS 10.
The double tap gesture is an excellent way to keep using it for small actions when your hands are occupied with other stuff. Besides the new Double tap gesture, Apple also introduced various new features to the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.