The upcoming watchOS 10.1 update is set to introduce the Double Tap feature for both the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2, as revealed by tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee of the MKBHD channel.
The initial beta version for watchOS 10.1 is expected to roll out as early as next week, with the full software update slated for release the following month. Brownlee's insights into the Series 9 and Ultra 2 can be viewed in a video that was spotlighted by @M1Astra on X (formerly known as Twitter).
The Double Tap function lets wearers perform frequent tasks by tapping their index finger and thumb together twice. Functions like pausing music, setting off a timer, dismissing an alarm, handling phone calls, and accessing the Smart Stack can all be executed without screen interaction.
This feature is made possible by the speedier Neural Engine in the S9 chip and will be exclusive to the Series 9 and Ultra 2 models. Apple has created a specific algorithm that senses the distinct pattern of small wrist movements and blood flow shifts that occur when the index finger and thumb meet.
An existing but more rudimentary accessibility option, known as AssistiveTouch, is currently available on Apple Watch Series 4 and subsequent models.
Both the Series 9 and Ultra 2 will hit the market this Friday, though the Double Tap feature will necessitate an upgrade to watchOS 10.1. The most recent update at the moment is watchOS 10.0.1, which was released today.