Apple Watch Screenshots
The legendary iOS compass app is now available for your watch! Pro Compass replicates the look and feel of classic pocket compass hardware in use since the 1800s. The app uses advanced graphics technologies (normally reserved for games) to render 3D floating compass hardware for realistic operation.
Pro Compass offers true and magnetic compass modes using a damped rosette-style compass ring. Local sun and moon position are shown on the compass ring and continually updated. Pro Compass also displays location and altitude, with decimal and degree-minute-second formats. The app contains a built-in two-axis inclinometer that drives two independent bubble levels and a bullseye level. In addition to settings for compass mode and position format, you can choose to display altitude in meters or feet, and select a dark or light interface style.
While Pro Compass was developed for watches with a built-in compass sensor (known as a magnetometer), it functions on other watch models too, by using the device's gyro sensor to measure rotation. You can twist the watch's digital crown to adjust and calibrate the gyro to the sun position, moon position, or a known bearing. Using these references, the "gyro compass" is then able to give bearing. The calibration is easy, and can be repeated as often as desired to give accurate results.
Accuracy note: Pro Compass reports accuracy from the magnetometer sensor in your watch. To improve results, operate Pro Compass away from magnets, electronics, or sources of electro-magnetic interference, including car dashboards, aircraft cockpits, metal structures, and other devices.
Developer note: like all our apps, we plan to continually improve and evolve Pro Compass for Watch. Please contact us with feature requests, suggestions, and general feedback. We'd love to hear what you're doing with the app!
Improvements to graphics rendering for better performance and lower memory use.
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It could be useful
It doesn’t seem to be using the watch gps and there’s no calibration option. You basically try to find one of the 4 directions and spin the crown until you set this direction as close as you think it’s right.
I guess it could be helpful if you get lost and you have nothing but the watch and you trying to move in a straight.
It be nice to have a lock button so that after you set the compass, it disables/lock the crown button so you don’t accidentally spin it.
Developer Response ,
If you have an older watch without a compass sensor, then only the device's gyro is used and you need to calibrate via the digital crown. To have automatic calibration you would need a Series 5 Watch or newer. Usage of GPS depends on the version of Watch you have. If an older Watch without internal GPS, it will use GPS from the synced iPhone. If you have a newer Watch with GPS then it will be used. Please contact us via hrtapps.com if you need further assistance, and you can also view a couple usage videos on Youtube (linked from http://hrtapps.com/procompasswatch/ or search on youtube).
Very cool, when you grok it.
Running successfully on Watch Series2. This is a gyrocompass. Each time you use it, you first initialize it to a reference direction. Then it uses the gyroscope capabilities of the watch to maintain that reference. Works for me well on hikes and on the bike. Bubble levels do their thing just fine, too, and add to accuracy when you respect them for a directional reading. Note that you load this software directly on watch using App Store watch app, not your phone. Read what developer is saying, I didn’t get it the first time. Worth a bit of focus.
Bubbles move backwards
Beautiful graphics but the bubbles move backwards. Possibly because I wear the watch on my right wrist with the crown closest to my elbow?
- Craig Hunter
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Requires iOS 13.0 and watchOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.