What’s new and improved in watchOS 2

It’s time for your Apple Watch to grow up and be a little more self-sufficient

After a release delay, watchOS 2 is finally upon us. Well, those of us who have Apple Watches at least.

Even though it’s the first update to hit the Apple Watch since it was launched, the upgrading process is painlessly familiar as your iPhone’s.

There are just a few conditions you need to make sure are in place for hiccup-free upgrading: Apple Watch must be at least 50% charged, on its charger, and in range of your iPhone that’s connected to Wi-Fi.

If you're lagging behind the times and haven't already updated, here's how. 

To commence new and improved Apple Watch experience, go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Under General, you’ll find Software Update. Tap Download and Install and exercise your patience muscle. It took about 20 minutes for our Watch to be loaded with the new software.

And then what?

For the uninitiated, here’s the lowdown on the cool new features that are now present in your Apple Watch.


Third party apps make sense

The biggest complaint about the Apple Watch was that apps were essentially useless on it; you still had to go back to the phone to get things done. But that's all changing with watchOS 2. Aside from enabling the Watch to act as a wrist remote for your GoPro, one use we’ve previewed involves using the Watch to transmit instructions to the BB-8 Droid via gestures, just like if you’re using the Force. That is if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of the BB-8s.

The fact is developers are making a lot more apps that make sense sitting on your wrist, and we can't wait to see more of what's in store. 

Nightstand mode

What this means is that you can let your Watch rest on its side and it will display the time in landscape orientation. Also that means the buttons on the side act just like your alarm clock’s so you can slap-snooze it (neat little reference to old school alarm clocks).  We're kidding, we wouldn’t want to risk the pricey timepiece flying across the room if we were you.

Time Travel

We might not be able to do it in real life, but at least we get to transport ourselves into the future via our Apple Watch.

You don’t have to pull out your phone to check what’s your next meeting, just rotate the Digital Crown into the future and any upcoming calendar events will show up on your wrist as the minutes go flying by. To be transported back into the now, just tap the screen again. 

New faces

Aside from the ability to use your own photos as a watch face, you get time lapse options as well. Ranging from the cityscape of Hong Kong to more natural environments like Mack Lake, you’ll be checking the time more often just to catch them in action.

They change according to the time of the day which is a nice little touch that anyone with an eye for detail will be able to appreciate.

More friends

What, you have more than 12 friends in your circle of trust? That’s crazy, but okay here are more circles for you. Now you can categorise your friends into Good, Best, and AVOID AT ALL COST because there are three rings of friends to add to (that's a total of 36!).

We’re just kidding. Not about the three rings of friends part.

You can also now send multi-coloured sketches to your Apple Watch-equipped friends, because if you’re planning on brightening someone’s day up, best do it in a myriad of colours.