The big takeaway: It actually feels like an iOS app now, rather than a mere shell of an app. In fact, iOS 9 is a strict requirement for watchOS 2, and there’s no way you’re progressing if you haven’t installed that onto your device.
We highly recommend all Apple Watch users to update to watchOS 2 and reap the benefits that it brings to the table. But the company had to delay the release at the last minute due to an unexpected bug.
Apple says that Live Photos are efficiently compressed.
Apple has kept the size of the update much smaller this time at around and the software will need only 1.3 GB of free space on Apple devices. Numerous apps included “complications”, a nugget of information like a step counter or calorie burner that appear in a corner of the watch face. I could not, however, get Siri to read my email back to me.
Time keeper… Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple media event in San Francisco. Not to mention that most people will be using the camera on its simplest terms for social media. What it doesn’t do is make the Apple Watch, or any smartwatch, indispensable.
What’s new in watchOS 2? It can be downloaded through the Watch app on the phone, which will then push it onto the wearable itself.
We thoroughly enjoyed testing out the new operating system, and found it to be pretty terrfici. The fingerprint scanner is the cornerstone of Apple Wallet, helping to make the mobile payment system a success where others (like Google Wallet) previously failed.
After living with watchOS 2 for a week, here is a guide for the best parts of watchOS 2 and the missing features you will still be waiting for.
Siri and Watch are intertwined; you can’t use it to its fullest potential without her. And while there are situations where talking Dick Tracy-style at your wrist is going to be construed the wrong way, the microphone is sensitive enough to pick up even the lightest of phrases in the loudest of environments. Nightly charging restricts Apple Watch from monitoring sleep. This means that if you prefer a native video editing solution that can handle 4K, you won’t have to go very far. Icons and colors will help motivate you as your try to building up a consecutive stays streak. Another example Scroll forward to see what the temperature will be when you finish work at 5pm. Push the Digital Crown in and you’re back on normal time. For one, Apple’s own mapping software has finally got transit navigation baked in, meaning those bus routes, Tube trips and train journeys no longer require jumping in and out of multiple apps. With watchOS 2 it hasn’t become more independent, or at least not demonstrably so, but that’s the point. Those elements can’t be overstated when it comes to something as personal as a watch, even if it is “just” a piece of technology. We continue to do both. But there were two major flaws. 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. Seems sensible? Yes, but it wasn’t always the case.
There’s a watch face that offers time lapse photography over 24 hours.
All of that being said though, adoption could slow down quite rapidly, as we saw with iOS 8, which launched with its fair share of issues.
Apple’s iPhone 2018 may be three years away from reaching stores and pockets of Cupertino-based tech giant’s fans, but as early as now, the upcoming smartphone is stealing the spotlight from the newly unveiled iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Also, users will have more choices between finding a suitable face for their watch and also better customization.