watchOS 10 brings automatic Night Mode to the Apple Watch Ultra | Technology

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9to5Mac has detailed several changes new to the Apple Watch user experience to accommodate the new widget system on watchOS 10. Interestingly, for Apple Watch Ultra users, one of those changes is especially welcome.

Turning Night Mode on/off

Apple Watch Ultra includes hardware-exclusive faces called Wayfinder and Ultra Modular. These watch faces are capable of shifting its standard color mode to a black and red version. This is how it originally worked in watchOS 9 for Wayfinder:

The biggest and brightest Apple Watch display. The Always‑On Retina display is 2000 nits at its peak and twice as bright as any other Apple Watch. The bigger display provides more room for workout metrics and detail‑packed watch faces. The Wayfinder face lets you rotate the Digital Crown to activate Night Mode for better viewing in low light situations.


As Apple put it, switching between modes was done by spinning the crown. The new widget area now uses this input method in watchOS 10.

How does Apple Watch Ultra handle the conflict? Summoning gestures takes the crown, and toggling in and out of Night Mode has been banished to the basement of watch face customization.

It takes many more steps, potentially meaning Ultra customers are less likely to use it. On the other hand, displaying Night Mode in the watch face customizer makes it more discoverable than a hidden gesture.

Auto Night Mode

Regardless of which method is preferred, there’s now a third mode that just might make all the shuffling around worth it. Auto Night Mode is new to Apple Watch Ultra in watchOS 10, and how it works is pretty sweet.

Human eyes don’t require manual mode switching to adjust to different lighting environments. Now Night Mode on Apple Watch Ultra doesn’t either. Auto Night Mode uses Apple Watch Ultra’s ambient light sensor to determine…

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