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Apple to kill ‘Time Travel’ feature in watchOS 5

The feature was introduced in watchOS 2 and utilised Apple Watch's crown.

  • Published: August 20, 2018 9:44 AM IST

Apple’s expected to launch its 2018 iPhones sometime in September this year. As has always been the case, the event will also see the company announcing the availability of final versions (Gold Master) of all its operating systems, including watchOS, which powers the Apple Watch line-up of wearables.

The upcoming watchOS 5 release will surely have some great features, which Apple detailed earlier this year during WWDC 2018. However, it’ll also do away with few of the existing ones, with ‘Time Travel’ being one of them.

According to a report by AppleInsider, the final public release build of watchOS 5 will do away with ‘Time Travel,’ which originally debuted with watchOS 2. Developers testing beta releases of watchOS 5 recently noticed that toggle for ‘Time Travel’ disappeared from the settings, with the feature being completely scrapped later.

‘Time Travel’ allowed users to rotate Apple Watch’s crown (both clockwise and counter-clockwise) to preview app-specific information, both in the past and in the future. For example, one could rotate the crown ahead to view their upcoming appointments, without actually needing to jump into the Calendar app. The feature supported quite a few travel, weather and health apps, and even worked with some watch faces.

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However, as useful as it sounds, ‘Time Travel’ never really gained much developer support. As noted by AppleInsider, users often triggered accidentally.

Few months back, Apple was slapped with a class-action lawsuit, in which a customer from Colorado, United States, demanded $5 million for a defect in the Apple Watch. The lawsuit claimed that all Apple Watch models (from the original to Series 3) suffered from the same defect, and Apple refused to acknowledge the problem despite being aware of it.

  • Published Date: August 20, 2018 9:44 AM IST