Last Wednesday, Apple made iOS 9 updates available to its existing lineup of iPhones and iPads, and in the days since we’ve seen adoption take hold at a record pace. But iOS 9 wasn’t supposed to be the only software we got last week, and its arrival was supposed to come arm-in-arm with the release of watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch. At the last minute, we got word that wasn’t going to happen as scheduled, and that Apple was working to resolve an extant bug before making the software available to users. Apple told us that the bug-resolved update would be landing “shortly,” and today the company makes good on that promise.

The biggest deal in watchOS 2 almost undeniably its native app support, enabling new functionality and drastically speeding-up performance, as apps need no longer rely on their connection to an iPhone for every operation they perform. We also see the arrival of new customization options (including time-lapse watchface imagery), and what Apple’s calling Time Travel, a standardized system for peeking ahead (or backwards) in time when checking on things like your schedule or the weather forecast.

There’s a whole lot more going on here, and stuff like email replies, improved transit info, and extended Apple Pay support all come together to help flesh out the experience. It may be some time before native apps get mature enough to really impress, but at least all these other features are available now – go ahead and get your watchOS 2 update installed to start checking them all out for yourself.

Source: The Verge

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