Apple Watch enthusiast Craig Hockenberry from The Iconfactory has scratched its own itch with a new app that we can all appreciate.
Apple provides a Now Playing complication to tap and control audio playback from any app on your iPhone or Apple Watch. Well, that’s true whether you’re using a watch face like Modular with a large, wide complication slot or an analog dial with a complication slider in the dial.
Perhaps the most common complication slot these days is the angle complication, which is especially true on analog faces where you typically have four slots. Some watch faces like Meridian and Infograph even have circular complications in the dial.
It turns out that Apple doesn’t actually provide a Now Playing corner complication for these new styles. True, they have only existed since – check schedule — about four years. What you get instead is called Music & Podcasts, while the other is called Now Playing.
Not so useful for any other apps that are not one of these two. It also means that you need two complications for the same function if you want to control music and podcast playback and not just one.
Enter Now Playing Plus, the new free app from the creators of Twitterrific and other great apps.
“Now Playing Plus provides angular and circular complications for your Apple Watch face,” the app’s description reads. “It gives you easy access to audio controls, without having to search through the app list or the Dock.”
That’s it. The app does what it says. It’s a corner complication playing now. Download it for free and treat yourself to a solution that should come with watchOS 10. Or watchOS 9.1. Or watchOS 9.0.2. You had the idea. It’s the best Now Playing complication money can buy…and did we mention it’s free?
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