Apple Releases watchOS 2 to Public Following Delay

Apple Releases watchOS 2 to Public Following Delay

Apple has released watchOS 2 to the public, marking the release of the first major update to the Apple Watch‘s operating system. The update was originally scheduled to be released on September 16th alongside iOS 9, but Apple held the release up, due¬†to a major bug found shortly before its scheduled drop.

Apple Releases watchOS 2 to Public Following Delay

The watchOS 2 update requires iOS 9, and users can download the release by running the Apple Watch app on their iPhone, and then going to “General” -> “Software Update,” in the Apple Watch app menu.

The first major update for the Apple Watch, watchOS 2 brings a number of new features to the Watch, including native apps that run on the Watch instead of the iPhone, developer access to sensors and features such as the Taptic Engine, heart rate monitor, accelerometer, and more.

Also coming along for the update ride are new watch faces – which include photo album and time lapse faces – third-party Complications, Activation Lock, Time Travel to view past and upcoming events, and a new Nightstand mode that allows users to view the time when the Watch is charging.