Apple Watch OS 2 Is Coming, Users Soon to Get Faster and Smarter Apps

By MoneyTimes

Jul 09, 2015 09:08 AM EDT

During the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the Apple Watch operating system will be going through an upgrade, fondly called the watchOS 2.

Cnet noted Cook saying, "This new version will have great new capabilities and bring native apps right to your wrist."

Previously, only Apple-owned apps can function without the support of an iPhone. All other apps are subject to limitations and experiences lags. This is an especially significant inconvenience for those using Apple Watch to monitor their health and fitness routines.

However, with the release of watchOS2, developers will be able to create independent and more engaging applications, using unique Apple features such as the Taptic engine, digital crown, heart rate sensor and more. Subsequently, general users will encounter apps that load faster and work more efficiently.

Apple WatchOS2 Sneak Peak and Developer Beta Update

Apple has released a watchOS2 preview, wherein it lists the most prominent changes and the newest features to be added with the update.

Aside from new face, watchOS 2 brings customizable complications-tidbits of important information that are displayed directly on the watch face. This may include important reminders, calendar events, and app notifications.

Current Apple apps will also be upgraded. Mail will allow users to reply to emails, while adding and organizing contacts will become easier in Friends. Transit is added to Map, giving users greater insight regarding their transportation choices and allow for better route planning.

More credit cards are enabled via Apple Pay, and more types of tasks are added to Siri. Finally, the Apple Watch update includes the Activation Lock. This is a security feature that requires the entry of your iCloud ID and password and acts a safeguard for your delicate personal information.

Apple has already seeded the second watchOS2 beta. According to MacRumors, it is only available to registered developers who have iOS9 installed. The general public will get the update sometime this fall.

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