Apple Inc. has finally released its WatchOS 2 and the reviews from the tech space show that, at the very least, you can now do more with the device. Apple Watch has been given a makeover that upgrades it from being a second smaller screen for your iPhone into a small wearable computing device. Apart from helping you get more out of an $800 watch, the WatchOS 2 also shows that Apple can still deliver new products instead of the imitations that the firm has been doing since the demise of Steve Jobs.
The WatchOS 2 is packed with a number of great features that make the device unique and more than an extension of the iPhone. For instance, it sports a Time Travel feature that lets you view the weather, calendar, and events in a timeline. It has a Nightstand mode that keeps the watch functional and alert at night without glare. However, you’ll be most impressed with the presence of new native apps that promises to unveil the real utility value of the device.
Native Apple Watch Apps are here
When Apple Watch was unveiled about 5 months ago, it was outfitted with few apps such stocks and weather and most of what you could do was just to view app notifications on the device instead of taking out your iPhone. Now, Apple has given developers the gateway to build native WatchOS apps and the Watch is starting to come alive. Some of the apps that will now run natively on Watch include GoPro, which turns Watch into a viewfinder and Facebook Messenger, which lets you do more than view your Facebook news feed.
The Wall Street Journal also lists some other native Watch apps to include: “WebMD, Dark Sky, Weather Channel, Citymapper, Zova, iTranslate, Foursquare and Pacemaker DJ.” You’ll also be impressed with the fact that Apple now allows third-party apps to run fully on Watch; hence, Watch users can soon expect to start seeing their favorites apps running on watch as the independence of the Watch from the iPhone continues to be established.
Siri on Apple Watch has been revamped to give you transit directions and you can still use Siri by connecting to a Wi-Fi network even if you have left your iPhone at home. WatchOS 2 also allows you to dictate replies to emails if you don’t want to pull your iPhone out to start typing.
Will the Watch break free from the iPhone?
All the new features fitted into the Watch OS 2 is working towards making the Apple Watch more of a standalone mobile device and less of an iPhone accessory. If Apple continues to make constant upgrades to the Watch, you might not need an iPhone before you can use the device.
However, Apple will continue to miss Steve Jobs. It is questionable whether Steve Jobs would have released an Apple Watch that was dependent on the iPhone.