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watchOS 2 – Here’s whats new

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So Apple released the new Apple Watch software update, dubbed watchOS 2 a couple of days ago, after a slight delay due to a bug. Here’s whats new in watchOS 2…

Apple says “This update is the first major software update for Apple Watch and includes new watch faces, third-party app complications, new capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch, and support for third-party apps running natively”.
The official watchOS 2 changelog from Apple:
New watch faces and timekeeping features
  • Time-lapse videos of Hong Kong, London, Mack Lake, New York Shanghai and Paris
  • Photo and Photo Albums so you can see your favorite images every time you raise your wrist, including support for Live Photos
  • Time Travel with the Digital Crown to see what’s coming in the future or what’s happened in the past
  • Nightstand Mode so your Watch can be used as a bedside alarm clock
  • 9 new colors to customize your watch face and a new multicolor Modular face
  • Support for third-party apps to create complications
Siri improvements
  • Start a specific workout, get transit directions or ask to see a glance
  • Support for FaceTime audio calling and replying to email
  • Support for HomeKit to control supported devices in your home using Siri
  • New support for Austria, Belgium (France and Dutch) and Norway
Activity and workout improvements
  • Workouts from third-party apps on the Watch can be included in your Activity rings
  • Activity rings, workouts and achievements can be shared from the Activity app on iPhone
  • Interactive achievements
  • On-demand weekly summary
  • Mute Activity notifications for one day
  • Workouts saved automatically
Apple Pay and Wallet improvements
  • Support for Discover cards
  • Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
  • Add passes to Wallet directly from third-party apps on your Watch
Friends and Digital Touch improvements
  • Add more than 12 Friends directly from Apple Watch
  • Multiple Friends’ groups that you can name
  • Send sketches using multiple colors
  • New options for animated emoji
Maps improvements
  • Transit view, showing transit lines, stations and intermodal connections in select major cities
  • View the list of directions for your current route
  • View station placards with departure information
Music improvements
  • New Beats 1 button to start playing the 24/7 radio station
  • New Quick Play button to play a variety of songs from Apple Music
Other improvements
  • Reply to emails using dictation, emoji or smart replies customized specifically for email
  • Make and receive calls using FaceTime audio
  • Support for Wi-Fi calling without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
  • Activation Lock prevents anyone from activating your Apple Watch without your Apple ID and password
  • New developer capabilities, including:
    • Native SDK to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch
    • Access to accelerometer to more granularly track your motion
    • Access to heart rate sensor for using during a workout
    • Access to microphone and speaker to record and play audio
    • Access to the Taptic Engine with 8 different types of Haptic feedback
    • Access to the Digital Crown for more precise control
    • Ability to play video directly on Apple Watch
    • Support for running apps without iPhone in proximity, including access to networking capabilities when connected to known Wi-Fi networks
    • Complications on the watch face
    • Workouts from apps can be counted towards Activity rings
    • Workouts from apps can be included in Activity app on iPhone
  • New support for system language in English (India), Finnish, Indonesian, Norwegian and Polish
  • New support for dictation in Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria) and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
  • New support for smart replies in Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong, Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, English (New Zealand, Singapore), Japanese, Korean, Swedish and Thai

You can head over to Apple’s watchOS 2 micro-site for more info. The security content of this update can be found on Apple’s support page.

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