Apple Announces watchOS 2 With Native Apps, Third-Party Complications, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At today's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple detailed some major changes coming to watchOS, the operating system that powers the Apple Watch. New features in watchOS 2 include support for native apps, third-party complications, communications improvements, better health and fitness performance, new Siri capabilities, and more.


    With watchOS 2, Apple Watch apps are going to see some major improvements. Developers will be able to build apps that run entirely on the Apple Watch, speeding up launch speeds, and they're also getting access to a whole host of Apple Watch features.

    Developers have access to the Taptic Engine, to build haptic notifications into third-party applications, and they're also getting access to sensors like the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor. That means third-party apps will be able to track your movement and heart rate, contributing that data to the Activity app on the Apple Watch. Apps can also now access the microphone and play videos.

    Apple is introducing new watch faces, with the ability to turn a photo or an album into a watch face. When you select an album, you'll see a different photo from that album each time you raise your wrist. Apple's also debuted a new Time Lapse watch face, which shows iconic locations around the world shot over 24 hours when you look at your watch. With the London Time Lapse, for example, if you look at your watch at noon, you'll see London at noon.

    Third-party Complications are also a major new feature, letting developers build Complications for watch faces that allow users to quickly get quick looks at information like flight times, sports scores, the charge level of an electric car and more. Additionally, users can now spin the Digital Crown to access a new feature called Time Travel, which allows users to see future Complications information like what the weather will be like later in the day.

    WatchOS 2 is gaining a new Nightstand mode that can be activated while the watch is charging, which displays the time and includes alarm clock features. New communication features include the ability to add more than 12 friends and the ability to send sketches in multiple colors. It'll also be possible to reply to Mail messages using dictation, and FaceTime Audio is supported.


    Siri's gaining some improvements, including the ability to start workouts with commands like "Go for a 5-mile run" or "Go for a 300-calorie bike ride." Siri can also bring up glances for users now in watchOS 2, and can access Transit directions.

    Some of the new updates to iOS 9, which include Transit directions and store credit and debit cards in Apple Pay are reflected within watchOS 2 as well, and the Apple Watch will gain a major iOS feature with watchOS 2 -- Activation Lock. Activation Lock on Apple Watch will prevent another user from wiping or activating the Apple Watch if it is lost or stolen.

    WatchOS 2 will be available for registered developers beginning today, allowing them to begin building apps with the new features. It'll be available to the public in the fall alongside iOS 9 and will be a free update.

    Update: The first beta of watchOS 2 is now available for registered developers.

    Article Link: Apple Announces watchOS 2 With Native Apps, Third-Party Complications, and More
  2. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Is it just me or does watchOS not have the same "fling" that OS X & iOS have?

    Maybe I'll just have to get used to it.
  3. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    I'd like more info about the "health and fitness improvements"...
  4. JustThinkin' macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2014
    No, you're right. It doesn't have it.

    The face of the watch is just too small - I think that's the problem. Plus the fact that it's not fully functional apart from a iPhone.

    Fitness and Health? YES

    General Purpose? NO
  5. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    The article has uncompelling reasons to get one of these watches.
  6. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Very good and i’m looking forward to this update. I’ve owned the watch for a week now and it has been very helpful. It’s one of those things you setup and forget. I don’t try to actively use it but when I do it’s like a reflex, just like when changing the volume and navigating your car infotainment system through your steering wheel controls instead of your dash controls. It’s very convenient!
  7. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    For me, this is a really exciting part of today's stuff. I am really enjoying the watch and these new enhancements/apps/complications are welcome.
  8. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Yes I share the same excitement. only thing left to complete this is more first party watch bands from Apple themselves. More colors, styles and leather bands! I’d love to have an olive green, red or burnt orange leather band with stainless steel buckle hardware.
  9. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Links are still dead atm but it'll be up soon.

    and an interesting new download portal for devs.

    Attached Files:

  10. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
    It'll be interesting to look in to the Beta and see what native apps can really do. Very little info on that in the MacRumors coverage so far.
  11. NotSafeForWork macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2015
  12. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    Surprised about this too. Wonder if people will write their own third party app watch faces.
  13. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Wondering whether you have to register your  Watch or whether you can just install the updates when your iPhone gets the iOS 9 Beta. I haven't heard of anyone registering their watch for beta updates before.
  14. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    I'd say its just you.
  15. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Boring stuff!

    Seemed to me there wasn't a lot of excitement.
    I wasn't.
  16. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Here's to hoping Apple can get those complications sorted out bef—oh, right. It's going to take a while before I stop reading 'complications' as 'challenges'.
  17. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    The 'State of the Union' event in a few hours usually goes into more details. I'm waiting to watch that.
  18. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    There is a whole week of new stuff - not just this one keynote.

    I'm very excited about the new Watch OS and Swift.
  19. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    I have no idea what "Fling" is, but if iOS and OS X have it, then the watch shouldn't. The watch is a very different kind of product that doesn't intend to replace the other OS's. It's somewhat an extension of those OS's, but not quite. It is it's own unique animal that many just don't understand and there for have unrealistic expectations and then get frustrated and start to bash the watch.

    I love mine. As do all the people I know. Not a single one of them are disappointed.
  20. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    The days of the Apple Watch as a desktop replacement are not yet here.
  21. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I wonder about that. The impression I got from the presentation is that WatchOS 2 is going to be moving away from that necessity. The problem, of course, is that the Watch has so little storage there won't be a lot of data (or apps) that can be stored on it. I assume the Watch's second physical version will solve some of that.
  22. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Boring. Mostly things that should have been included in the first Watch OS
    It's a great piece of technology but limited
  23. shortcrust macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    This all looks pretty good to me! I'm really enjoying my watch and I'm happy to know it's going to get better.

    Oh, and my reading is that Dilster3k is talking about the name. Yep, not great, but then again OS X is only good in print.
  24. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I know, I just find the whole Apple Watch boring, that's all.
  25. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Interesting. Holding off on the watch until the next version but looks like they are really putting the resources into it.

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