At the end of October this year, after the official version of iOS 15.1 was upgraded, the display of altitude, longitude and latitude information was cancelled in the compass application of the Bank of China iPhone. The watchOS 8.1 compass on Apple Watch is temporarily unaffected.
Apple released the latest official version of watchOS 8.3, which has removed the latitude and longitude display function in the compass app of the National Bank of Apple Watch.
The following is the description on Apple’s official website as of April 20 this year:
Use compass on Apple Watch
The “Compass” app will show the direction your Apple Watch is pointing, your current location and altitude.
The “Compass” App is available on Apple Watch Series 5 and later models and Apple Watch SE. It will work even if there is no Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.
If there are magnets around, it may affect the accuracy of any compass sensor. Apple’s leather chain strap, leather loop strap, Milanese strap, and early sports loop straps all contain magnets or magnetic materials, which may interfere with the compass on the Apple Watch. The sports loop or any version of the sports strap launched in September 2019 or later will not affect the compass.
How to use the compass on Apple Watch
Open the “Compass” app on Apple Watch. This app will show the direction that the top of the watch is pointing, and your azimuth will be shown in the upper left corner.
By default, the compass uses magnetic north. To change to true north, open the “Settings” app on your Apple Watch, tap “Compass”, and then turn on “Use True North”.
The compass can work normally in different positions. To get the most accurate reading, hold the watch flat to align the crosshairs with the center of the compass. As you move, the red cone surrounding the compass pointer will show the accuracy of the heading. The narrower the cone area, the higher the accuracy.
Rotate the digital crown up to view the altitude, slope and coordinates you are at.
To quickly see where you are and to open the “Compass” app with a single tap, add the “Compass” complication to the watch face.
Set your azimuth
To set your bearing, scroll down and tap “Add bearing.” Then use the digital crown to make adjustments.
Allow “compass” to access your location
When you open the Compass for the first time, it will request permission to access your location. Tap “During App Use” to grant this permission.
If “Compass” cannot access your location, please check the relevant settings:
Open the “Settings” app on your Apple Watch.
Tap “Privacy”> “Location Services”> “Compass”.
Tap “While Using App”.
Release Date: April 20, 2021.