Apple Watch gets watchOS 2 update with third-party watch faces, apps support

Apple Watch gets watchOS 2 update with third-party watch faces, apps support

The highly popular Apple Watch has got watchOS 2 update. The new software update has just been announced at the WWDC 2015 developer conference in San Francisco and will be available to all Apple Watch users this fall.

Apple’s watchOS 2 update is specifically designed to make things difficult for smartwatches running on Android Wear. This is the reason that the company has finally added native third-party watch faces and apps support. The new support lets users install compatible watch faces and apps to make their Apple Watch unique and more useful in their daily lives.

Developers can use the new WatchKit developer package to start creating new apps and watch faces for the watchOS 2 running Apple Watch. The package includes new APIs to enable audio and video playback as well as animation and ClockKit framework to help developing new content.

Apple Watch third-party support through watchOS 2 update

Apple Watch gets third-party apps and watch faces support through watchOS 2 update

With watchOS 2 update, the Apple Watch gets a handful of preloaded features including Time Travel, Mail and Smart Replies. The Cupertino giant showcased Photo, Photo Album and Time-Lapse watch faces as the first few watch faces that will enhance the usability of the Apple Watch.

The new software update includes Nightstand mode that transforms the Apple Watch into a simple bedside alarm clock by reducing the brightness of its display. Moreover, it brings Apple Pay integration and an improved Siri.

watchOS 2 on Apple Watch

watchOS 2 update on Apple Watch

Apple has additionally provided Activation Lock to let users lock their Apple Watch using their Apple ID on a compatible iPhone. This especially secures the premium Apple Watch Edition and prevents another user from wiping or activating a new device in case it is lost or stolen.

On announcing watchOS 2 update, Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology, said:

“We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2. We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favorite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many new experiences developers will dream up now that they have access to even more innovative features of Apple Watch.”

The Apple Watch will receive watchOS 2 update this fall through compatible iOS 8.2 or above running iPhones. However, developers can immediately download the iOS 9 SDK that includes WatchKit for watchOS 2 through Apple’s developer portal.