Will Apple push OS updates to the watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by NOLF1, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. NOLF1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all-

    Will Apple push operating system (OS) updates periodically to the watch? Did they setup the watch for this to be possible? If so, this would likely be a great way to increase features overtime on the watch before it reaches end of life.

    Just to be clear, just as you have iOS version 7, 8, etc.... I'm assuming the watch comes with Watch OS (or whatever they are calling it internally) 1.0, and, presumably, it could be flashed later to 1.5, 2.0, etc?
     
  2. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    I would guess it would have to work like the Pebble. First you update the watch app on your phone and then the iPhone version updates the watch. That way they match each other perfectly.
     
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    There absolutely will be software updates. And there will be apps. I'm unsure if they will be downloaded from iTunes to the Watch, or if they will go from your iPhone to the Watch...but either way, updates and new apps will flow to the Watch!

    Bryan
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    There is one problem here. The iPhone app is baked into iOS which means the only way the Apple watch app will get an update would be if iOS get's an update.
     
  5. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    WHY? Apps update independent of the IOS all the time. Just because it is baked in does not mean it could not be updated. They COULD also create a mechanism where they just need to update the watch version software and the 'un-updated' app would know to refresh the watch software just like it would know to upload apps we have moved to the phone.

    HOPEFULLY it is solid enough not to need that many software updates.
     
  6. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Nah, while the companion app is built into iOS, WatchOS is completely independent.

    My guess is that they'll push and handle updates on iPhone, through the companion app. If the updates are small enough, they'll be stored and performed directly on the  Watch, if not, the iPhone will do the heavy lifting and move updated files wirelessly.
     
  7. Armen macrumors 604

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    Native iOS apps (Phone, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Stocks etc) only get updated when iOS is updated. They cannot be independently updated as they do not show up in the Appstore. The Apple watch app is also native given the fact that you cannot delete/remove it.

    If Apple is going to push updates to the apple watch from the apple watch app that means the app has to have some kind of updatable database or something that can do this without updating the app itself (not sure how that will work).

    Looking forward I'm expecting a lot of iOS 9 builds: Some to address iOS 9 issues and some to address Apple watch issues unless Apple packages them both together as a single iOS update.
     
  8. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Nah, they already have the available APIs to access that data abstracting those parts out - many apps can use them now - and others are a given to reduce ridigity of your programming. Versions would not need to match perfectly, though up to date guarantees all features and falling into depreciation means lack of or broken components, like what you're thinking.

    Edit: saying nah a lot tonight, dunno what's up with that...
     
  9. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    I did not know that much detail about how they did the implementation. However the retired software guy in me says they COULD have a way to update the watch without an IOS update.
     
  10. Armen macrumors 604

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    I'll be cheering if this is the case. I'd rather not wait for an iOS update :D
     
  11. KauaiBruce, Apr 7, 2015
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    KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    Give me 3 hours to read a full copy of their source code. IF they did not put in a way to do that I could figure out how to make it work after the NEXT os update. :cool:

    (I cannot imagine their software was designed so poorly that they could not make such a change if needed.)

    BUT: I am not expecting the watch to be buggy at all so do not expect lots of updates other than that one stupid thing that comes up when a million people are suddenly using it.
     
  12. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Based on this image of the Apple watch companion app, I see no reason why the app itself would need an update to be able to push an update to the Apple Watch.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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