The Cupertino-based company continues to acquire its position in a number of markets with the announcements and release of multiple new products. For that Apple also has continually develop and enhance the underlying firmware that works in conjunction with the hardware. After being postponing it last week, the company has now officially released the final version of its latest Apple Watch firmware, watchOS 2.
Released to public, and making it the first major update to the software available to all Apple Watch owners. The watchOS 2 in its final format represents not only months of hard work, beta-testing and bug squashing, but also the foremost major update to watchOS since the hardware was launched back in April of this year.
Actually it was set to launch on Wednesday, September 16 alongside iOS 9, but Apple delayed it in order to address a major bug that was found shortly before the software was scheduled to debut. watchOS 2 introduces a lot of new features to the Apple Watch, mainly through new developer tools. It brings with it native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone, watchOS 2 lets developers access several sensors and hardware features including the Taptic Engine, heart rate monitor, microphone, and accelerometer.
watchOS 2 brings with it a number of notable improvements which can immediately be enhanced and the abilities of the installed Apple Watch, but also afford third-party developers with the ability to continually produce more powerful software for the timepiece. Biggest enhancements for developers is the ability to develop and distribute native applications that can be installed and ran directly on the Apple Watch itself, rather than having to install and amange through a connected iPad. watchOS 2 will make for more powerful apps, enhanced communication options, and new innovative ways to interact with and personlize the Apple Watch.
New watch faces with Time Lapse mode via the Digital Crown, watchOS 2 also includes third-party Complications, a tweak that makes the screen stay on for up to 70 seconds when activated, and Activation Lock, security feature to protect the device via iCloud. There’s a new Time Travel feature for viewing past and upcoming events in a watch face Complication, and a Nightstand mode that’s activated when the watch is charging, displaying the time. Nightstand mode. Faster, more powerful apps. New functionality added into first-party apps. Public transport information on your wrist. An enhanced Siri digital assistant. watchOS 2 is fully-packed with enhancements and seriously impressive improvements.
Speaking of changes, if you’re coming from watchOS 1.x, like the vast majority of people. The new watchOS 2 release brings with it real, native Apple Watch apps, which means no more having to stream apps from an iPhone. This new release also initiates new transit view for Maps and a handful of Siri improvements, amongst other inclusions.
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