Since launching the Apple’s smartwatch software in April, 2015, WatchOS 2 is the first major upgrade to the Apple smartwatch. The OS was announced in June, 2015 at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference held in San Francisco, California. The OS has been in beta and in test mode by developers ever since.
However, on September 9, 2015. Apple’s Jeff Williams announced at the event that WatchOS 2 would go public the following week on September 16. That’s the same day that iOS 9 is made available to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners.
A better Personalization.
Complications are important pieces of information you can see right on your watch face, like Weather or World Clock. Now data from App Store apps can be complications, too. So you can easily check your United flight times or keep an eye on home devices — lights, thermostat, sensors, cameras — with Insteon. It’s just one more way to personalize your Apple Watch.
Now you can use your watch even when you’re done wearing it for the day. Just place it on its side and connect the charger. Apple Watch will automatically go into Nightstand mode, a digital display that illuminates whenever you touch the screen, the Digital Crown, or the side button. Nightstand mode even changes how the watch buttons function. When an alarm sounds, you press the side button to turn it off, or the Digital Crown to snooze.
You can now reply to email.
Apple Watch already lets you receive email on your wrist. Now you can respond, too. Just tap Reply at the bottom of a message. Then dictate a response, send an emoji, or choose from a list of relevant, preset replies.
The Friends feature on Apple Watch helps you keep your inner circle close. Now you can add multiple Friends screens, each of which can hold up to 12 contacts. And you can add a friend from your contacts directly on your watch. You can also use the Watch app on your iPhone to organize your friends into groups you name yourself.
Get transit information on your wrist.
When it comes to directions, Maps shows you the best route from your current location. Now Transit lets you combine more kinds of transportation in a single trip. In select cities around the world, you’ll see detailed maps and accurate train, subway, and bus schedules. And you can get walking directions to and from your stop.
More cards with Apple Pay.
Apple Pay lets you make credit card payments right from your wrist. With watchOS 2, you can now make purchases with your Discover card or store credit cards, like Kohl’s Charge. You can also add rewards cards, like Walgreens Balance Rewards and Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks, and receive and redeem rewards using Apple Pay.
Lots of App
As of early September, there were 11,469 apps for the Watch, which represents 274 percent growth since launch. Apple Watch apps already released already the outlook looks good. Some of the First apps revealed to make use of these new features have included Facebook Messenger and more.