WatchOS 2 final release is finally available to Apple Watch users. Apple’s smartwatch operating system update brings native apps, new watch faces, third party app complications and updates to build in apps like Digital Touch and more.
WatchOS 2 was previously delayed, right on the launch day, as announced by Apple. This was due to a critical bug but Apple did not share any other details about it.
The final WatchOS 2 build version is 13S344 and weights in around 12.4 MB for users who were on the GM build. For users who were on WatchOS 1, the update is around 524 MB. Even if you already are on WatchOS 2 GM, you will get the OTA update.
To update your Apple Watch to WatchOS 2, simply launch the Watch app on your iPhone, go to General > Software Update and download the update. To install the update, make sure that your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple Watch, it is connected to the charger and charged at least 50%.
Here are some of the features and updates to try out:
- You can set your own photos as watch face backgrounds. This can be done from the WatchOS Photos app. Check out a list of good images to use as watch face backgrounds. Live Photos will also be supported from iPhone 6s
- New motion wallpapers are available which have time lapses of different beautiful locations from around the world.
- Heart rate monitoring is back to 10 minute intervals
- Third party complications let you customise your watch with the information you want to see
- Time travel shows up what’s coming up in the future be in weather or your calendar appointments
- Nightstand mode. Place the Watch on its side while on the charger and it will work as a night watch
- Make FaceTime audio calls from your watch
- Improved Music app. Works well with Apple Music
- New emojis and animated
- Activation lock
Security updates are also included in this release. Find out more here.
A lot of app updates are expected to roll out which includes the like of Facebook Messenger, GoPro, AirStrip and more. Since WatchOS 2 will now allow third party apps to run natively on Apple Watch, expect a lot more developer to bring their apps to the platform. Third party apps will also have complete access to the sensors and digital crown, including the ability to playback video, which should allow them to create better experiences.