Update – September 9 : After announcing the Watch OS 2 in June, company has finally revealed the date of shipment for its latest Watch OS. It would be available for download from September 16th to the Apple Watch users. With introduction of native third-party apps, you could expect more apps for the sleek wearable.
To make things interesting, the company announced new cases and bands for the Watch, which would be available starting today. It also includes the new gold and rose gold aluminum Apple Watch Sports models.
Moreover, Apple Watch joins Apple’s commitment to RED with a stainless steel case, as well as a RED Sport Band. The proceeds would be going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Earlier – June 8 : Apple in today’s World Wide Developer Conference announced the native apps support on its first wearables, the Apple Watch. Launched last year, the Apple Watch hasn’t gone on sale in many countries yet, the company has already introduced a massive update for, it’s the WatchOS 2 and a dedicated SDK.
This all means that developers would be able to access the full functionality of the digital crown, health, and other orientation sensors, as well as taptic feedback feature and more. Now those apps would be natively running on the Apple Watch, but not on the iPhone, which felt very sluggish.
Time Travel feature is something that shows you a list of day activities, or plans. The Digital Crown on the Apple Watch has to be rotated to check whatever happened in the recent past, or what’s to come in the future. The weather forecast is shown as well.
“We’re really excited to have Apple Watch out in the world. We can’t wait to see what developers will do with watchOS.”
– Tim Cook
When Apple Watch is on its side and charging, it automatically goes into Nightstand mode. While on the nightstand mode, the digital crown transforms into a snooze button, and the side button turns off the alarm. Workouts can be started and ended using Siri, and if you are using other fitness apps, they will help fill up the activity ring on the Apple watch. Reply to email directly from your wrist with smart replies, emoji, and dictation.
Apple Pay’s new features are all going to be added to the WatchOS 2, and thus will be available on the Apple Watch. This will allow not just credit and debit card addition, but also lets the users add reward cards to private-label cards.
Homekit support is newly added to Apple Watch and the WatchOS 2, and thus all the new Homekit based home accessories can be controlled using the watch. Apple WatchOS 2 update will be available today as a developer beta. Final release in the fall as a free update.