Complications? Yes. Complication is a horology term which refers to anything on a watch face that goes beyond a simple display of hours and minutes. Got a watch that displays the day or date? Those are complications. Got a watch with a stopwatch or alarms? Complications. That’s what iPhone needs.
Tap To Launch
Apple Watch has many functions, yes, but most of them are hidden from the average user. The Dock displays up to 10 most frequently used apps. The launcher displays all Watch apps installed and ready to use, but all that scrolling to find the few apps you want to use is an exercise in distraction. There must be a better way. There is. Complications.
Most Watch faces have complications but the Modular face has the most.
All those items except the time are complications. Tap each one to launch the corresponding app. That makes the Watch face a very useful, highly configurable, app launcher. Even better, various Watch faces can have different complications, and a swipe to the left brings up a new Watch face.
That’s what iOS and iPhone X need. Complications.
Raise to Wake on your iPhone means you can view the Lock screen simply by raising the iPhone toward you. In addition to the time and date, you get recent Notifications. That’s all well and good but wouldn’t it save a few taps by having various complications as apps visible on the Lock screen.
Apple could make this happen on iOS with ease, but it’s especially a good idea on iPhone X with Face ID facial recognition. Face ID can display Notifications when you raise to wake– if it can read your face. If someone else raises your iPhone up, those Notifications on the Lock screen won’t be displayed.
That’s a perfect feature for what I will call iPhone Complications. The perfect location to display five or six iOS app icons is right below the iPhone Lock screen’s time and date. Make each of the complications configurable, too. Tap a complication icon and the app associated with it opens. No need to dig around in various folders. No need to swipe up on iPhone X’s Lock screen to look for the app. It’s right there, plainly in sight, on the Lock screen, ready to be launched with a tap and without unlocking the iPhone’s screen.
My Watch has three modular screens, each with five complications, for a total of 15 apps that are barely a swipe or touch a way. Compare that ease of use with tapping the Crown, scrolling through the app list, then tapping the app. Try that while driving. iPhone works much the same way. Raise to wake, tap Touch ID or swipe to unlock the Lock screen, dig around for the app you want to launch.
My iPhone Complication idea gets you to the most used applications faster and easier. Fewer taps (just one for each complication app). I’ve seen a few launcher apps which can be displayed on the Widget screen but those are battery hogs and convoluted to setup and use.
Complications are where it’s at on Watch, and that’s where iPhone X needs to go.