The first major update to the Apple Watch operating system, watchOS2, was released earlier this week. Originally scheduled for release on September 16th, Apple postponed the release due to an unspecified “bug” that needed to be worked out before release.
The wait is over, and watchOS2 is here, and it brings with it a ton of new features.
WatchOS2 was first previewed at WWDC this past June. The new operating system adds features such as ‘Time Travel’, in which the user can use the digital crown to show events up to 72 hours in the future or past.
A handful of new watch faces are available, and Nightstand mode flips your Apple Watch face to display horizontally while it charges. Users can also respond to emails and Facebook messages via voice dictation on the watch.
One of the most important additions to watchOS2, however, is the introduction of native apps to the Apple Watch. New developer tools allow access to the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, speaker, and microphone to develop apps that quickly and efficiently entirely on the watch.
Developers of third-party apps can add Complications to the Watch, as well. With watchOS2, users will see a whole new range of faster, more feature-rich apps.
To download the new operating system for your Apple Watch, connect your phone to Wi-Fi, ensure that it has at least 50% battery, and navigate to General>Software Update in the Apple Watch app. To download the software update, your phone must be running iOS 9.