Since watchOS 3, the Apple Watch offers a “Mindfulness” function to encourage the user to breathe a little through visual animations.
In an article published internally, Apple lifts the veil a little on the journey that led to the “Breathe” function which appeared in 2016 with the third version of watchOS. It was necessary on the one hand to choose a relevant visual representation and on the other hand to take into account the profile of the various users.
Designed for users to take a break from the hustle and bustle of their day, this app should allow them to reach a moment of “mindfulness” with the help of their watch. And breathing requires no effort, that’s all we do…
” The main difficulty in designing an experiment aimed at limiting stress is that not everyone has the same approach.explains in the article Gary Butcher, at that time a member of the user interface team and for a year VP of Design at Airbnb. Some people sit cross-legged on a meditation cushion, while others eat chocolate. So we had to find a way to design a constructive and beneficial experience for everyone.. »