Zamen | زامن
Rumored ‘Theater Mode' seemingly coming to Apple Watch with future watchOS update
It was originally rumored that Apple was planning to introduce a new “Theater Mode” with iOS 10.3, but the company today released the first beta of that operating system with Theater Mode nowhere to be found.
According to a change log document on Apple's developer website, however, Theatre Mode may be coming in a future update to watchOS.
While Apple has yet to release watchOS 3.2 to developers, the company did today publish the release notes for the update. Interestingly, Apple states that Theater Mode was introduced with watchOS 3.1.3, which was actually released yesterday without the feature visible
At this point, it seems likely that Apple will introduce Theater Mode to Apple Watch with watchOS 3.2, which will presumably be released soon as it missed today's release cycle.
While Theater Mode on iOS was expected to be a new Control Center icon that some believed would make an iPhone useable in a theater environment, the watchOS implementation is actually slightly different.
According to Apple's description, Theater Mode on Apple Watch allows users to quickly mute their device and disables the raise-to-wake functionality.
Apple explains that users will still receive haptic notifications for alerts, but in order to wake the screen, you must tap the screen or press the Digital Crown.