Reworded: In watchOS 10, there are numerous updates and additions, including new watch faces. Among them is a unique Snoopy watch face that adds personality and responsiveness that I didn’t realize I needed until I tried it. Despite some issues, such as the lack of a date display, it has become my preferred watch face. This is surprising because I am not even a big fan of Peanuts or Snoopy.
At first sight, one might presume that the recently released Snoopy watch face is similar to other “character” faces such as Mickey & Minnie or Toy Story. However, after using it for a few days, you’ll discover that it offers much more.
The Snoopy watch face has a new feature. While your watch is in sleep mode, Snoopy and Woodstock can be seen napping on Snoopy’s doghouse. When you lift your wrist to activate your watch, there will be a brief animation, usually about three seconds long, showing Snoopy and sometimes Woodstock engaged in some activity.
The source of enjoyment and surprise stems from this. The group responsible for designing this facial expression generated 148 fresh animations, adding up to a total of 12 minutes of animation. While some animations are simply adorable, most are context-specific. It’s a form of delivering information that brings a smile to your face. And it’s diverse enough that you’ll continue to stumble upon new animations for days and weeks.
Personality and reactivity
The Snoopy animation that is displayed when your watch wakes up can vary based on different elements, such as the current weather, time of day, or your location. For example, if it’s hot outside, Snoopy may be seen relaxing in a pool or enjoying some ice cream. In the afternoon, he may be skateboarding. On a rainy day, he will have an umbrella. During dinner time, he may be shown eating from his bowl or wearing a chef’s hat.
Several animations involve the watch hands, such as Snoopy riding down a slope or peeking out from behind a vertical hand.
It’s not only adorable, but it also responds to your emotions in a contextual manner. The goal of smartwatch faces is to present data in a clear manner, whether it’s through numbers or graphs showing the outdoor temperature, chance of rain, or steps taken. While all of this information is useful, I often find myself reverting back to a simple display of time and date, along with battery life and temperature, after trying out various watch faces that offer an abundance of data.
When using a small screen and a limited amount of time, I prefer not to strain my brain by trying to decipher a large amount of information, symbols, and images. I would rather use my phone for that.
The Snoopy watch face adds personality to the watch face and provides helpful clues that tap into my emotions without relying on data. This is exactly what I desire from my Apple Watch – to feel a sense of joy every time I check the time, while also intuitively knowing useful information about my current circumstances without having to read data. Whether it’s the temperature, time of day, or weather conditions, the Snoopy watch face keeps me informed in a fun and effortless way.
I am interested in seeing more elements of this (possibly incorporating characters from the Apple TV+ series, Strange Planet). However, my main desire is for Apple to fully embrace the core idea of the Snoopy watch face and expand upon it. By utilizing data about myself (all stored on my device, of course), my watch should provide me with personalized and friendly context that is suitable for the current moment. For example, if I have a meeting scheduled, if it’s a holiday, if it’s time to go to the gym, or if I have dinner reservations or movie tickets.
All of the information is easily accessible on both my iPhone and watch. It can be found in various apps, emails, my calendar, or generated from my location and data such as weather and traffic reports. With a simple action from a fun character, my watch can provide me with the most pertinent information every time I check it, without requiring me to read any text or data points. The Snoopy watch face is just a preview of what is possible, not only on the Apple Watch but on any Apple product, and I am excited for more.
After years of considering my Apple Watch as just an accessory or a small screen for data, I now see it as a delightful companion with a unique character. It knows everything about my life and can give me important information at the right time. And it does all of this while putting a smile on my face and keeping my privacy protected.
We have not reached our goal yet. It is possible that we may never reach it. However, the Snoopy watch face gave me a small taste of what I desire and made me realize that it is exactly what I want.