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  • Apple Finally Releases watchOS 2 to the Public


    Just last week, Apple launched iOS 9, and watchOS 2 was also supposed to be made available to the public, but problems with the software led to it being delayed, and now it's finally available as of Monday afternoon.

    WatchOS 2 comes with a wide variety of features and improvements to make the Apple Watch more usable on a daily basis. Among those changes are two big ones, including true native applications that can access the Apple Watch's own hardware instruments, as well as third-party watch complications, which give you information on your watch face.

    A full change log can be seen below:



    To update to the latest software, all you have to do is open the Apple Watch application on your iOS 9 iPhone, and go to the General > Software Update option to find the update waiting for you. It may take a while to download the firmware, but it will be installed your Apple Watch wirelessly.

    Are you going to make the jump?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Finally Releases watchOS 2 to the Public started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. swol_je's Avatar
      swol_je -
      We have to be on iOS 9? I guess if were jailbroke its a no go for watchOS2 huh?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Sweet! Been rocking the GM. I am updating now and can't wait to test out the feature set. So far, battery life is back to what it was on 1.0.1 and i love that already!!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by swol_je View Post
      We have to be on iOS 9? I guess if were jailbroke its a no go for watchOS2 huh?
      Correct. You have to be on iOS 9 in order to sync the watch with your iPhone. Yes, you would lose your JB if you update to iOS 9.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I figured they would force you to use iOS9 on this update.
      If I could do it over I would not buy an Apple watch as there is not much purpose to it.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      wow!!! this is the first I recall hearing that you have to be on iOS 9 to update. apple is losing me. Big time.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Is iOS 9 a critical piece to the watch's operation on OS2, or is it just for updating purposes.

      what I'm getting at is, could a JB developer write a tweak that fools the phone into thinking it's on ios9 to update (or is there a plist somewhere to modify for a few minutes) to get the update, or does the watch on OS2 constantly require iOS 9 to operate?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      Is iOS 9 a critical piece to the watch's operation on OS2, or is it just for updating purposes.

      what I'm getting at is, could a JB developer write a tweak that fools the phone into thinking it's on ios9 to update (or is there a plist somewhere to modify for a few minutes) to get the update, or does the watch on OS2 constantly require iOS 9 to operate?
      iOS 9 has a ton of new APIs. I would assume the developers of watchOS 2 apps would tap into some of those iOS 9 APIs.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      iOS 9 has a ton of new APIs. I would assume the developers of watchOS 2 apps would tap into some of those iOS 9 APIs.
      dang it.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      Is iOS 9 a critical piece to the watch's operation on OS2, or is it just for updating purposes.

      what I'm getting at is, could a JB developer write a tweak that fools the phone into thinking it's on ios9 to update (or is there a plist somewhere to modify for a few minutes) to get the update, or does the watch on OS2 constantly require iOS 9 to operate?
      It's because of the way the interaction between the devices has changed. You can't have your watch app properly communicate with the phone to utilize the new features because in some cases the APIs did not exist and in most cases the structure of the call and info passed has changed. Your phone can't know about these things without new software to tell it as such.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      I figured they would force you to use iOS9 on this update.
      If I could do it over I would not buy an Apple watch as there is not much purpose to it.
      To each his own. I think my Watch works almost perfectly for the functions I bought it for, and with the updates to Watch OS the majority of my gripes have been addressed or now allow the 3rd party app developer to address them.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      I'll be keeping my watch on 1.01. I love the convenience, but I'll be hoping for an iOS 9 jailbreak soon! [emoji16]
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Definitely not gonna update to iOS 9 or watch OS2 until there's a jailbreak ready and stable... Looking forward to OS 2 though!
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      I updated and love it. I love my watch and will buy the next and then next. Best watch I have owned.