Apple’s WatchOS 2: What you need to know

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

9 Things You Can Now Do With Apple Watch That You Couldn’t Before.

APPLE HAS FINALLY released watchOS 2 to Apple Watch owners after it was last week forced to delay the rollout due to the discovery of a ‘critical bug’. watchOS 2, the first major update for the , was set to make its debut alongside iOS 9 last Wednesday, but Apple was forced to delay the release after it admitted to uncovering a ‘critical bug’ in the software. “We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson told The INQUIRER. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.” Released it shortly Apple did, with the firm kicking off the rollout of watchOS 2 on Monday. However, echoing the release of iOS 9, the launch hasn’t gone exactly to plan, with some users struggling to kit out their wearable with the latest software. Some are complaining that their iPhone is failing when attempting to search for the update, while others are being told that their Apple Watch software is already up to date, despite running the previous watchOS 1.0.1 release. WatchOS 2 brings the same thing to the Apple Watch: you can now install fully-fledged apps that run on the Apple Watch hardware, rather than on the paired iPhone.

You can expect a whole deluge of third-party stuff in the coming weeks. iOS 9 includes public transport directions in Maps (finally!), which means Siri and Maps on your watch can tell you which train to take, in certain cities. At the moment, you’re restricted to New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Mexico City, Toronto, London, and Berlin. Promised battery life remains at 18 hours, something Apple will need to address in upcoming generations given that rival smartwatches are promising more. If you leave your watch plugged in and on its side at night, it’ll now do something slightly useful: act as an alarm clock, lighting up whenever you touch the screen, but most importantly, making the digital crown button work as a snooze for the alarm. If you don’t want to pull your phone out to reply to emails, you’ve now got two much better options: reply with emoji(s), or use the microphone to dictate a response.

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.

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. 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. The watch finally lets you choose that instead, though you need to dig in the settings on the phone to change that. – The watch also tracks mile-by-mile splits for the first time, matching what many phone apps, the Fitbit Surge and the Microsoft Band offer. For video calls, you’re obviously lacking a camera on your wrist, so you just get the option to accept the call on your iPhone, or reject Mom outright. Apple apps have had the ability to run natively on the watch, meaning they can access sensors and controls directly and aren’t merely extensions of phone apps.

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