One of my biggest pet peeves is people talking or using their phones at movie theaters. Outside of the previews, your phone should be away and in your pocket when you’re watching a movie in public. Anything you have to say to your friends can wait for an hour or two for the movie to end, and if there’s an emergency it’s pretty easy to discretely move to the hallway. Using electronic devices or chatting with friends while other people are trying to immerse themselves in a story is beyond rude, and it looks like Apple agrees with me.
In the upcoming watchOS 3.2 update, Apple mentioned the addition of a “Theater Mode” to their latest wearable technology. This new mode allows users to mute all sounds from their Apple Watch and disable the device from “waking up” when you raise your wrist. Those who can’t stand being completely cut off from technology will be happy to hear that notifications are still available through haptic feedback. If you’re expecting an important text or email, a quiet vibration will alert you and you’ll (hopefully) respond away from other movie-goers.
Developers for the device will be thrilled to hear of the addition of SiriKit, a collection of tools that will allow developers to make their applications accessible through Siri voice commands. Critics of the Apple Watch have mentioned the lack of features and the necessity of pulling your phone out to do anything worthwhile. Soon it will be possible to obtain all sorts of information without being tethered to your phone.
There’s no word on an exact arrival date for the update, but the beta will likely roll out to developers before the general public. It may be a while till the general public receives Theater Mode on their Apple Watch, but the news is exciting nonetheless.