Tested on: iPhone 6plus, iPad Air 2
The first release of Cosmic Watch was not only a beautiful 3D watch face, but hosted cool features for both the astronomer and the astrologers alike.
This year the team released V2 of Cosmic watch which builds upon the already wonderful app.
At first notice Cosmic Watch runs smoother and handles much easier than it’s predecessor with stunning 3D graphics.
The biggest improvement has been on the astronomy side of things with the addition of the virtual planetarium. Holding your device at arms length and pointing up at the sky will show you the constellations and other celestial objects you would normally see from your location. This feature worked very well on both my iPhone and my iPad.
One feature that would be nice to have would be the ability to tap on a constellation and get some information about it, both on the astronomy side and the astrology side.
There are he ability to customize the display with over 20 different options nicely organized in the settings menu at the bottom of the display.
With the addition of a “Events and Notifications” option, you can now see a list of upcoming celestial events for the Sun, Moon, eclipses, equinox and solstice as well as daylight savings time.
Other features added to the update include a new equatorial clock face, a bigger cities database, an view to see the entire solar system (heliocentric and geocentric), as well as the ability to go into full screen mode (by tapping the Cosmic Watch logo)
This has been a great update to the app both functionally and feature wise. Although there is nothing groundbreaking here, it certainly makes me want to buy a smartwatch 🙂
A software designer by day and passionate astronomer by night Tim’s published astrophotography and public lectures shows us the beauty of the Universe. Although legally blind, he as the ability to see universe diﬀerently, in part ultra-violet. A side eﬀect of numerous eye surgeries.
He is the owner/operator of the Deep Sky Eye Observatory (http://deepskyeye.com) located in Quinan, NS. Home to the ﬁrst Starlight Tourist Destination in North America, where he provides unique stargazing experiences to people from around the world.
Tim holds a computer science degree from Dalhousie University and a Scientiﬁc Computer Programmer’s diploma from the College of Geographic Sciences.