Episode #253

Digital Crown

Series: Up to Speed with watchOS

11 minutes
Published on January 27, 2017

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In this episode, Conrad Stoll takes us through the new APIs we have for accessing raw information from the digital crown on the Apple Watch. In previous versions of watchOS, we had to resort to using builtin controls (or silly hacks), but now we have the raw data so we have much more flexibility.

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Setting up the Crown Sequencer

self.crownSequencer.delegate = self

Using the Crown Sequencer's Rotational Delta

func crownDidRotate(_ crownSequencer: WKCrownSequencer?, rotationalDelta: Double) {
    if rotationalDelta < 0 {
        // Decreasing
    } else if rotationalDelta > 0 {
        // Increasing

Using the Crown Sequencer's Velocity

if let rotationsPerSecond = crownSequencer?.rotationsPerSecond {
    if rotationsPerSecond > 1.0 {
        // Increase delta

Noticing When the Crown Stopped Moving

func crownDidBecomeIdle(_ crownSequencer: WKCrownSequencer?) {


This episode uses Watchos 3.