Apple took to the stage today to start its two hour plus presentation of all it’s various new products and features starting with Apple Watch OS2. Tim Cook claims a 97% customer satisfaction rating with Apple Watch hardware and also introduced several new watch faces for the device. New for Apple Watch OS2 is third party complications (yes, complications) which brings even more notifications from third party apps to the Apple Watch face. Time Travel is an interesting new feature which allows you to twist the digital crown to move forward or backward within an app like the calendar. Time Travel could be useful in many productivity apps where you need to move back and forth. Cook says developers have made over 10,000 apps for Apple Watch already.
New to Apple Watch OS2 is Transit for Apple Maps. Transit allows users to pull up Apple Maps on their watch and find the nearest public transit services they can use. iTranslation is also coming to OS2 finally bringing translation capabilities like those of Google Now on Android Wear. Facebook was also mentioned as they are bringing Facebook Messenger to the Apple Watch allowing you to read and reply to Facebook messages right from the Watch. Another major app announcement was that of GoPro. With the new GoPro Apple Watch app you will be able to control your GoPro with your watch and use the watch as a viewfinder, which is pretty nifty.
Apple also introduced a new Rose Gold aluminum finish for the Apple Watch as well as several new watch bands and a partnership with HERMÈS with what looks to be a pricey new leather loop band from both companies. The new Rose Gold model starts shipping today and Apple Watch OS2 should start rolling out September 16th.
Check out Apple’s newly released Apple Watch videos from today’s announcements below.
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