Yelp has updated its Apple Watch app for watchOS 6, introducing a new modern interface and leveraging the device's new integrated compass, which should make finding the nearest coffee shop or eatery even easier.
The new UI closely mirrors the Yelp iPhone app, with a scrolling interface that takes into account the user's personal preferences in its recommendations, making use of the recently introduced heart icon for labeling businesses as "For You".
But the highlight is surely the compass icon that now shows in the bottom-right corner of the interface and points you in the direction of your destination, while also displaying how many feet or miles you have to go. Yelp had this to say in its press release:
"Now, with the Apple Watch Series 5, you'll find a new compass feature that points you in the right direction of a local business. The compass will appear on the bottom right-hand corner of Yelp business listings. Based on where you're facing, the compass will turn with you in real-time, providing updated estimates of how many miles or feet a business is away from you."
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the first model to feature a built-in compass that allows users to see which way they are facing, along with a new Compass app that displays heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and current elevation.
Yelp today announced it is rolling out a new personalization feature that enables users to indicate their dietary, lifestyle, and accessibility preferences to receive more tailored restaurant and business results.
After indicating your preferences, which takes less than two minutes, the app will update in real-time, surfacing businesses and things to do you're most likely to care about. Your preferences won’t be locked in either. If you decide not to keep halal anymore, or if you want to eat more salads next week, all you need to do is update your preferences and you’ll see these changes reflected in your app.
Yelp also shared a video demonstration:
The personalized functionality is rolling out now, with all iPhone users expected to have access in the fall. Yelp says the preferences users set will only be visible to them and never shared with a third party.
Yelp's iOS app received a major update today, introducing support for Apple Pay for the first time.
With Apple Pay support, Apple's payments service can be used to make purchases from local businesses through Yelp for things like delivery or takeout food.
When you make a purchase and then go to the checkout and payment process, Apple Pay is now listed as an available purchase option in the Yelp app alongside credit card and Paypal. Apple Pay is a purchase option for a wide range of items within the Yelp app, including food, concert tickets, and more.
Big news. You can now use Apple Pay to make purchases from local businesses on Yelp. So go ahead -- book an oceanside couples massage, get tickets to that John Mayer concert, or get those lobster rolls delivered.
The Apple Pay update became available in an update released this morning. Yelp can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]