During the company’s media event on Wednesday, Apple introduced more than just beautiful new Apple Watch cases and bands, the company also showed off what’s next for the Apple Watch’s operating platform.
“Since its release,” the smartwatch makers says, “Apple Watch has helped users receive and respond to notifications, interact by simply speaking to Siri, conveniently use Apple Pay and track their health and fitness activity. watchOS 2 arrives as a free update on September 16 and further enhances this groundbreaking experience with new features and native third-party apps.”
According to Apple’s announcement, watchOS 2 is designed to make apps faster and more fluid by running natively on Apple Watch, and introduces new watch faces, the ability for third-party apps to display information on the watch face as complications, and an innovative way to see future events, past headlines and more with Time Travel.
watchOS 2 also includes new communication features such as the ability to respond quickly to Mail with dictation, Smart Replies or emoji, and Digital Touch enables more creativity with multiple sketch colors.
“Our customers love Apple Watch and tell us its incredible health and fitness features are having a huge impact on their lives,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “We’re excited to expand Apple Watch’s functionality with watchOS 2 and offer even more personal choice with beautiful new styles and colors.”