Apple has announced the latest version of watchOS 2 for Apple Watch. New features, release date detailed, which brings with it a powerful native Apple Watch SDK. Compatibilities that watchOS 2 brought to WatchKit, is also scheduled here. Check all of its new inclusions right after this jump.
The WWDC 2015 keynote has already made some announcements regarding iOS 9, OS X EL Capitan and Apple Music streaming service beats along with new watchOS. Apple Watch software update, has now been made available for download.
Directly from the Apple Developer Program website, which is the very first version of the watchOS 2 beta comes as small download as it is a configuration profile that eventually needs to be installed on the iPhone that the Apple Watch is paired with. Either way, this can be done on-device or by downloading it to a Mac and then emailing it over to the iPhone in question, Apple notes.
One of the Wordlwide Developers Conference’s opening keynote star was of course the Apple Watch. Updated to version 2.0, the watchOS software brings plethora of new features, many of which could fundamentally change the way the smartwatch is used.
watchOS 2 Features
New Watch Faces
This is one huge update which Apple has delivered with the new watchOS 2.0. New watch faces comes in a shape of faces that can be created from photos. Choosing any photograph and Force Touching will show a dialog that allows users to set the photo as a watch face, which will evidently prove hugely popular amongst those of us with dogs!
Apple although added new. time-lapse videos of some of the world’ biggest and most interesting cities as watch faces, including London, and New York.
It’s not like Back to the Future movie stuff, but Time Travel is a new inclusion added, that lets users turn the Digital Crown in order to see future appointments and weather forecasts amongst other things right from the watch face by advancing the time. Pressing the Digital Crown returns to real time, obviously.
With watchOS 2.0, developers will be able to make their own watch face complications, meaning that users could have sports scores and more on their watch face. That’s right folks, this is a big one.
On Apple Watch, you can now be used in Nightstand mode from the day one. In this mode the Apple Watch is effectively a fancy alarm clock, with the time and charging status shown on-screen at all times. Noghstand mode only works when the Apple Watch is on its side. Quite how this will affect all those stands that have the watch appear in potrait remains to be seen though.
Smart Replies, Emoji And Dictation Added To Mail
Right from now onwards you can reply emails using smart replies, new emojis or the power of your voice through dictation, just as you always could with iMessage. With more and colorful sketches, you can now add more friends to your Apple Watch, with multiple pages available. For example: if you do want to send those new additions a sketch or two, you’ll be able to do so by using one of the new colors available thanks to watchOS 2.0, as well.
Third-parties Fitness Apps Can Connect With Your Health Rings
With watchOS 2.0, apps like Strava will be able to input data into the now infamous fitness rings within Apple Watch. Indeed get credit for every step you follow.
Siri Can Now Start/End Workouts
You can now start and end workouts using your voice, thanks to Siri. Share your new fitness achievements via social media such a Facebook, Twitter or iMessage on Appole Watch or simply sent a message to a friend using Messenger app. No more swiping to launch the right Glance. Simply ask Siri to do it instead.
Living in one of the handful of cities that support Apple Maps’ new Transit feature, then Apple Watch will have you covered too.
A Real SDK For Developers
Apple Watch developers can now use the wearable hardware to run their apps rather than having to rely on an iPhone to do the heavy lifting. Means better, faster apps are on the corner including true HomeKit functionality. Video support is also present. Apps like vine will now be able to show video right on the Apple Watch.
You can get the new Apple Watch software installed on our test device.
watchOS 2.0 developer deta 1 is now available for download. Wide release will take place this fall. At this point, things start to get a little messy for anyone wanting to install watchOS 2 beta onto their Apple Watch.
For starters, Apple Watches will need to have their own UDID registered with an Apple Developer Program Account individually of the Apple Watch they are paired with, which nevertheless means a trip to Xcode. Assuming everything is under control and your Apple Watch’s UDID is safe enough and sound on your developer account, then you’re in to test drive.
Actually performing the update is a case of opening the provisioning profile on an iPhone and then choosing the associated Apple Watch as the installation location. A reboot follows, with users then required to open the Apple Watch app then select General and Software Update as they would for any normal update of watchOS.
Additional steps of adding an UDID of Apple Watch to a developer account is something that beta testers are used to, but installing a configurable prfile is a new one here, and presumably means that all the heavy lifting is handled via iOS 9 rather than a seperate download being required. The whole process is less clear from reading developers documentation. Until then, let us install the betas so that you don’t have to!
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