Report: Apple Watch Will Have an iOS-Like Notification Center


During 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast, Mark Gurman said that the Apple Watch will likely include its own Notification Center.

The feature will reportedly work much like the iPhone’s pull-down Notification Center. Here is what Gurman said on the podcast (via TheTechBlock):

“There’s some features that Apple hasn’t discussed yet on the Watch that really take advantage of the square display. Like, one of my many friend with an Apple Watch told me that there’s actually a full Notification Center slide-down menu on the Watch. So, if you’re on the Home screen, instead of sliding up for Glances, you slide down and there’s a Notification Center that’s based on the exact same concept as on the iPhone and the iPad and it looks really nice and pretty.”

There is some speculation that Apple chose a square design for the watch face instead of a round one because it has a positive effect on consumption of information.

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the development of the device is on schedule. Apple is scheduled to release the Apple Watch in the United States in April 2015 with a starting price tag of $349. The device will come in three models, including a standard model, sports model, and a luxury 18-karat gold Watch Edition.

Several reports have suggested that Apple will house the pricey 18-karat gold Apple Watch units in safes overnight. Apple’s retail stores will be outfitted with safes that will reportedly include built-in MagSafe chargers to keep the demo units charged, while protecting the expensive devices overnight.