Apple releases fixed watchOS 2 for Apple Watch with native apps, Time Travel …

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Apple Releases Watch Software Update After Bug Caused Delay.

And it is all about to change further as the latest software for the Watch, cunningly called watchOS, has just gone live. Apple Inc. said a software update for Apple Watch is now available after last week’s release was delayed because a problem in the operating system couldn’t be fixed in time.The release, about five days late, introduces a number of new features, including support for “native” apps which run “entirely on your Apple Watch,” the company boasts.

iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, has been installed on more than half of active iPads and iPhones since it was released just five days ago, Apple announced in a press release on Monday. Owners of Apple Watch can download the software update, called watchOS 2, which includes features such as new faces and the availability of native applications from outside developers that use the device’s heart-rate sensor and other tools. The key change here addresses the smartwatch’s independence — Apple is slowly moving the watch beyond its role as the iPhone’s most expensive accessory. That’s not just the fastest adoption rate for iOS; it’s the fastest adoption rate ever for an Apple operating system. iOS 9 is “on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history,” senior VP Phil Schiller said in the press release. The Apple Watch debuted earlier this year to mixed reviews and is not yet available globally; it’s set to launch in Austria, Denmark and Ireland this week.

The new software is supposed to deliver faster performance to your wrist and supply new watch face options, including the ability to use your own photos as the watch face. The device is Apple’s first new hardware product since the iPad was released in 2010 and a key part of Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s attempt to find areas of growth outside of the iPhone. Promised battery life remains at 18 hours, something Apple will need to address in upcoming generations given that rival smartwatches are promising more. The update comes as Apple Inc. pulled several Chinese apps, including the popular WeChat, from its app store after third-party developers were tricked into inserting malicious code into their apps.

The malicious software isn’t believed to affect the watch’s functionality, though it could collect data on the tethered iPhone and send them to remote servers, according to security experts. There’s also an automatic low-power mode that freezes animations and stops apps from refreshing in the background, letting you squeeze a little more life out of your battery once it falls below ten percent. These kind of localised city images are nothing new – Samsung used to have elegant animations of London and New York which would automatically switch as you moved from one country to another. Users should delete any Chinese apps they got or updated recently from their iPhones and iPads and get new versions from the app store once they are available. The release states, somewhat coyly, that “walk-in customers … are encouraged to arrive early” – a suggestion that will certainly be taken just as seriously as in years past, when the truly dedicated have waited in line for days to buy a new iPhone.

During my most recent marathon, my usually reliable Garmin GPS had me going faster than two minutes a mile at one point — more than three times as fast as the winners. If you’ve set an alarm, touching the digital crown – the bit that looks like a winder on a regular watch – snoozes the alarm while touching the side button quells it.

— The nagging reminders that you need to stand up if you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long can be paused if you happen to be on a flight or a road trip. Native apps sit more completely on the Watch, so they are more responsive and work even if the companion iPhone isn’t present, just like the time, Activity and Workout apps and heart rate monitor do now. It’s still not a match for the mighty Citymapper – which even tells you which carriage of the train to board for a speedy exit at the other end – but surely that will come.

And there’s a new Watch that’s a real bargain: the Space Black stainless steel, the unsung beauty of the Watch range is the most expensive of the regular Watch collection, £899 or £949 depending on size.

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