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Apple releases watchOS 2: What’s changed, and how to download it

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Apple releases watchOS 2: What’s changed, and how to download it

Last week iOS 9, Apple’s next-gen mobile software, became available to iPhone and iPad users, bringing with it some of the more notable features we’ve seen in an Apple software update in awhile (multitasking, anyone?). There was supposed to be another software launch that day, too: watchOS 2 for Apple Watch.

However, a technical bug delayed the launch of watchO2 last week. Apple wouldn’t say exactly what this bug was, just that it was minor and that it’s likely not something that users of watchOS 2 would have noticed or experienced. Still, the company held off on releasing the software to the public — until today.

As the first major update for the Apple Watch, the OS now brings with it a number of new features, most important of all being native third-party app support. Right now, third-party apps that run on the watch are beamed down from a paired iPhone, but apps that run directly on the Watch promise to be faster and much more capable. Other features include transit directions, expanded Siri support, a few new watch faces, third-party complications, a night stand mode, the ability to go forward in time to check the weather, appointments and more.

Here’s how you can update to watchOS 2. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to ‘General’ then ‘Software Update.’ Apple should then prompt you to update.

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