Home App on Apple Watch is very limited in configurations yet is integrated deeply.

Cupertino, October 13, 2020

The topic of discussion is that, while comparatively fewer Apple Watch users use HomeKit, the Watch Home App seems to be very tightly integrated into the WatchOS and iPhone. Why ?

1. The Home App on the Watch cannot be deleted AFAIK.

2. There is virtually no customization possible for the Apple Watch Home App again AFAIK. The only ones are to choose a different home or to turn off Notifications. Everything else seems to be mirrored from iPhone - eg Notifications, Can’t change Favorites. Since the cameras are all the way in the bottom in the iPhone App, one has to scroll forever past all Sensors, Switches etc to get to the Cameras.

(Since Watch OS 7 my Camera preview images have disappeared. This may be my Camera problem so it’s a different topic. However, I wanted to see if there was a choice to not to see previews just for the Watch but there wasn’t anywhere to be found.)

However, the discussion point here is why did Apple integrate the Home App so tightly to WatchOS when it’s other apps like ECG, Music, Workout etc can be deleted. Yet, it’s one of the least configurable apps on the WatchOS !

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