Apple unveils watchOS 2 with Timepiece, native apps and more

Framed as a “giant moment” that feels like “opening the App Store” back in 2008, Apple CEO Tim Cook today at Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco said that apps for the Apple Watch, which launched just six weeks ago, will soon run natively on the device through the new watchOS.


Improvements in watchOS include Timepiece, which includes beautiful and handy watch faces like Photo Face or Photo Album Face. These watch faces will allow users to use their own images as the background for the watch face that can change every time they lift their wrist to check the time.

Additionally, developers will also be able to create their own Complications with watchOS 2. This will allow developers to provide users with more and relevant information right to the wrist of their users.


There is also a new Nightstand mode in watchOS 2 that will automatically display the time and the upcoming alarm when the smartwatch is on charge. In this mode, the Digital Crown will act as a snooze button while the side button will turn off the alarm.

Native App Support

This will allow developers to create apps that can run and directly process data on the Apple Watch itself. This will lead to faster app opening/closing and response times and more.

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