Bible Passages on Your Wrist with HisWords for Apple Watch

HisWords Watch on your home screen

Earlier today, I released a new version of HisWords, version 2.2, which includes a brand new companion Apple Watch app! I figured, brand new platform, why not explore it further?

Like most Apple Watch apps at this point in time, HisWords Watch zooms in with laser focus on just one simple task: getting to a passage, verse, or chapter in the Bible as quickly as possible, reading it, then leaving the app. You may question the use of technology like this in the middle of a Church sermon, but let’s leave that discussion for another time!

When you update to HisWords 2.2, you’ll be greeted with the HisWords logo on your Watch home screen, albeit a fancy round version of it.

The familiar sash icon, now in extra-rounded mode

The main screen of the app is simple, with just a single button, “Voice Search”, which does exactly what you’d expect — use natural language to search for a verse or passage in the Bible. Now, I’m still working on fine-tuning and optimizing the natural language-ness of Voice Search for future versions, but for now, you can tell HisWords Watch variations on the following themes:

“John chapter 3 verse 16”

“John 3 <pause> 16”

“John chapter 3”

The flow of HisWords Watch, featuring natural language search

The result? A real easy-to-read rendering of the passage you were (hopefully!) looking for, on all 38/42mm of screen! Who said the Bible can’t be on any other medium than large hardcover books :)

I also took the opportunity to brush up and polish the colors and layout on the iOS app. The reading view is now a little more margin-generous, so text doesn’t bleed all the way to the edges of the screen. All backgrounds are also a little more off-white, so it’s a little friendlier on the eyes.

Oh and of course, a whole bunch of performance improvements because I’m an engineer after all.

Slightly cleaner layout and colors throughout the app

HisWords is a free download on the iOS App Store, compatible with all iPhones and iPads on iOS 8 or later. Downloading the iOS app will automatically install the companion Watch app on your Apple Watch too.

Check it out today!



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Isaac Lim

iOS dev @Airbnb. I like making apps that look nice, and have some thoughts about tech.