Apple’s September event ‘Wonderlust’ gave us a new iPhone, new Apple Watch and a new Watch Ultra.
It also gave us a new Apple Watch feature that’s making people a bit wary.
The new Apple Watch feature, available for the Series 9, addresses a well-known issue with the smart watch.
Put simply, it’s a watch and you wear it on your wrist but that means you have to use your other hand to operate it.
Apple added a so-called ‘Double Tap’ feature that allows you to operate the watch by tapping your thumb against your index finger twice.
It’s quite clever, in a way, because that means you don’t need to use your other hand.
Also, the feature is customizable, so you can double tap to make or terminate a phone call, change songs while you’re listening to music and so on.
However, people were quick to point out potential issues with this feature and they took to X to share them.
Some were concerned their fingers might get sore after using the feature repeatedly.
“You know when you hold your phone and your pinky hurts? Same thing,” another said.
Others were worried about activating it by accident.
“Double tap has me concerned about accidental taps or activating calls. I hope they tested this problem / concern aggressively,” a third user said.
Did @Apple just reMarketed already existing feature in Apple Watches for the new Apple Watch Series 9??— Hard Kothari (@HardKothari) September 12, 2023
I literally can do single and double tap, right now in my Apple Watch SE. Not even flagship model.
I am quite disappointed
What do you guys think?#AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/pA5ZMnweuk
Mind you, not everyone was unhappy.
A lot of people seem to appreciate the convenience of Double Tap.
“Double tap is cool, works across a range of different apps,” one said.
“Credit where it’s due, the double tap feature sounds sick,” another said.
Even tech YouTuber Marquees Brownlee praised Double Tap, calling this feature “pretty handy”.
There's processing data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and other sensors to detect coming together to understand when you double tap your finger and thumb together twice ("Double tap") to press buttons in the air without touching the screen. Super handy tbh— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 12, 2023
Apple Watch Series 9 starts at $399 in the US.