Apple’s watchOS 10, launched during WWDC 2023, initially included several delayed features, common to major Apple software releases. However, as of the latest watchOS 10.2 update, all delayed features have been made available, allowing users of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to take full advantage of the announced capabilities.
Among the delayed features were:
- Double tap gestures for convenient one-handed control of the Apple Watch Series 9.
- CallDrop feature, enabling the easy sharing of contact information from iPhone to Apple Watch.
- On-device queries with Siri for Health-related requests on Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.
- Apple Fitness+ Audio Focus for adjusting volume priorities during Fitness+ workouts.
- HomePod-related features, including automatic display of Now Playing and media suggestions in the Smart Stack.
The watchOS 10.2 update added the remaining delayed features, including the subtle addition of media suggestions in the Smart Stack when nothing is playing on a nearby HomePod. With these updates, Apple has fulfilled all delayed feature promises for watchOS 10, ensuring users can now fully enjoy the functionality offered by their Apple Watches.
While watchOS 10 has concluded its delayed feature rollout, users await similar resolutions for delayed features in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. The anticipation for WWDC 2024 builds as users hope Apple will address any remaining delays and introduce new capabilities for their devices in the upcoming X.3 versions.