Apple Announces WatchOS 2

Following the release of Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 about three weeks ago, Apple has officially revealed the first major update coming to its smartwatch, the WatchOS 2, offering developers the ability to build native apps for the Apple Watch, instead of relying on the iPhone's resources.

WatchOS 2 will enable devs to create "faster and more powerful" apps for the smartwatch, as well as taking full advantage of the Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, and heart rate sensor, all in order to deliver new experiences and more robust apps. Apple has also announced that the Apple Watch will also gain new features such as new watch faces, third-party app information, new communication capabilities, Nightstand Mode and Activation Lock.

According to Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology "We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2" He continued "We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favorite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many new experiences developers will dream up now that they have access to even more innovative features of Apple Watch".

The WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch will be released later this Fall as a free update, while WatchOS 2 Preview will be available to developers starting today.