WatchOS continues to generate interest among early adopters. News from WWDC 2015 will have the tech curious even more intrigued to commit to the Apple Wearable. Depending on the user, certain of the announced watch upgrades may be more appealing than others.
Here we take a look at the most exciting news by user persona.
The Multi-tasker: Anyone on-the-go now has the ability to answer emails, not just calls and texts, from the face of the tech timepiece.
Fitness guru: HealthKit got an upgrade. Now Apple Watch sensors will be able to access health information like heart rate monitoring in real-time. Say goodbye to wearing a heartrate monitoring band and hello to instant health information.
Jetsetters: For many, bouncing between cities and time zones is just a part of life between visiting family and traveling for work. ClockKit, a new framework for watchOS 2, delivers relevant information throughout the day, like flight information, in Compilations. These information summaries viewed through the watch face change change depending on the time of day but can be reviewed by turning the Digital Crown backwards and forwards. Developers now have the capability to design their own compilations.
Outdoor types: WatchConnectivity will now allow the WatchKit extension to transfer additional information between Apple Watch and its partner iPhone app saving precious battery life.
According to Apple’s WWDC 2015 watchOS 2 announcement, the company fundamentally “believe[s] in technology designed for the wrist,” and Apple Watch has “uses we can only begin to imagine.”
The next version of the software also includes support for Apple Pay, Maps and Siri.
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The new Time Travel feature allows you to use the Digital Crown to quickly view calendar events and other Complications at different times of the day.
Even more to get excited about
“Watch extensions will be able to run directly on the watch even when it’s not connected to the phone. This will significantly increase the usefulness of the watch and provide companies with more opportunities to build great apps.
The best feature of watchOS 2 is definitely full native app support.
The detriment of the Apple Watch and its current OS is the disconnected nature of app extensions, the current way for a developer to provide functionality on the watch. This requires a nearby connected iPhone to deliver all of the functionality of the app. This impacts the user in a couple of ways. First, requiring the phone is just a bummer. For example, as an occasional runner, I’d like to use MapMyRun without having to bring my phone along.
Second, the constant communication back and forth between the watch and the phone isn’t nearly as fast as an app running directly on the watch. Startup and transition times are much slower for watch extensions than they are for the built-in native apps.”
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