These 15 amazing watchOS 2 features make Apple Watch worth buying

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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.SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said a software update for Apple Watch is now available after last week’s (Sept 16) release was delayed because a problem in the operating system couldn’t be fixed in time. 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.

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. That release has come just in time as the Apple Watch begins to receive wider distribution in Hong Kong beyond the company’s four branded stores in the city and its online shop. 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. 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. 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. Apple watchOS 2 brings native app support for the smartwatch for the first time, along with an improved version of Siri, stronger security and the ability to wipe the smartwatch if it is stolen. µ 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. Customising Apple’s smartwatch face with “complications” — the term for additional functions in mechanical watches beyond the display of hours and minutes — is given further embellishment with three new options: Time-Lapse, Photo and Photo Album. 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. 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.

Each colour can be set up by scrolling up or down with the so-called Digital Crown, a revolutionary navigation and input device as the click wheel was to the original iPod. Complications provide bits of data that users care about most, right on the watch face — such as the calendar, the weather, upcoming events on schedule and the watch battery life.

This reporter found receiving and replying to Mail directly on Apple Watch a joy through the use of emoji and relevant, preset replies like “OK” for responding. It has added the Activation Lock, a security feature that requires a user to enter a correct Apple ID and password before the device can be unpaired or paired with another iPhone.

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