I enjoyed this post by Jack Forster about twilight and dusk on the Apple Watch Solar Face, one of the rare occasions when the Apple design team exploit the 24-hour analog dial.
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At their recent WorldWide Developers Conference, Apple again showed that they quite like the 24 hour watch face. Again, though, they’re not 100% convinced that the world is ready to tell the time on a 24-hour dial. This is as close as they’re going to get, this year at least:
It’s their new “solar face”, showing the position of the sun in the sky, (like a good old-fashioned medieval astronomical clock). They’ve also kept a 12-hour dial just to help you switch over to the 24 hour dial.
They already use the less error-prone design on current watches for selecting alarm times (when it’s important not to confuse 12am with 12pm:
But if you want a more modern display suitable for your modern lifestyle, there’s a new iOS app that brings the 24 hour dial to your phone and your wrist. The app is called Circa, and it’s very well done.
Here’s the iPhone app:
The coloured rings are the “office hours” for the time zone: you can change the names and hours for each one. You can add more cities easily. Notice the short white bars around the edge: these are the appointments taken automatically from your Calendar (if you give permission, of course!). The developer lives in Kiev, I think!
You can touch and move the single hour hand around, to find exact conversions between local and other time zones. You can also create new calendar events.
The Apple Watch app installs automatically when you install the iPhone app, and it’s more or less equivalent in functionality.
It also lets you move the hour hand around (with your finger or using the digital crown) to see equivalent times in other zones. You can also add Circa as a complication on the other Apple watch faces.
The developer of Circa is Kostiantyn Zuiev.
(See also an earlier post looking at Alex Komarov’s development of an iPhone app.)