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Updates to your wrist with Apple Watch OS 2


Apple Watch advocates will be pleased to learn that the first update will be reaching wrists this Autumn. Featuring developments that will make for an even more personal experience and coupled with more powerful apps, enhanced communication options and innovative new ways to make your Apple Watch your own.


Interaction with Apple Watch starts with the watch face. WatchOS 2 will give you even more ways to make your watch face look and work exactly as you like.

You’ll now be able to set a background image for your clock face. Choose between a 24 hour time-lapse of your favourite location or pick a special snap from your personal photo album.

A great new feature for business is Time Travel. With just a turn of the Digital Crown, you can scroll through what’s happening and what’s already happened in your busy schedule. What will the weather will be like for your business lunch tomorrow at 12pm or what’s on your schedule for later today? Time Travel even lets you go back in time to catch up on news headlines you may have missed.

The update will give you revolutionary new ways to keep in touch with work and personal life. Apple Watch already lets you receive email on your wrist, but with WatchOS 2, you can respond too. Just tap Reply at the bottom of a message, then dictate a response or choose from a list of relevant preset replies.

You will now have public transport information at your fingertips. When it comes to directions, Maps shows you the best route from your current location, combining more kinds of transportation in a single trip.


WatchOS 2 will make the experience of using Apple Watch apps richer and more engaging.

The update better utilises the Watch’s hardware like the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, speaker and microphone for App use. For example, the Ping app uses the accelerometer to measure the speed of your golf swing. Strava uses the heart rate sensor to gather and display data during workouts. And Insteon lets you use the Digital Crown to control your house lights.