Apple Watch OS Gets Major Update


Apple released the second beta for watchOS 2, which is now available for developers. Apple announced the new mobile operating system at the Worldwide Developers Conference a little over two weeks ago.

About the OS update

Apple’s watchOS is the operating system for the Apple Watch. The new OS requires iOS 9, and it can be downloaded onto the watch through the smartphone app. This is the biggest update for the watchOS yet, and many new features are being brought along with the update. Native apps, which are apps that run on the actual Apple Watch instead of through the iPhone, are just one new feature that developers can use in their projects. Developers are also allowed use of several sensors, such as the microphone and the heart rate monitor.

Additional changes

This update comes along with several other additions, like the ability to use new watch faces, and a Nightstand mode which displays the time while the watch is charging. There are also new changes with the communication aspects of the Apple Watch; it’s now possible to add more than 12 friends to the friends list and sketches support multiple colors. FaceTime Audio support and easier reply functions for mail messages are also present.

This new operating system is exclusively available to registered developers who are also running iOS 9 on their smartphones. Regular users should have access to these same features around the fall.