watchOS 2 Delayed, Will Come 'Shortly'

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It looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for watchOS 2.

The next version of the operating system ​was expected to be released on September 16th; however, at the last minute, Apple had to pull the update.

In a statement to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said “We have discovered a bug in the development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected. We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”

There was no further information given about the potential release date for the OS, only that it will not be released on schedule. iOS 9, the updated version of Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch did launch on schedule.

watchOS 2 represents the first major software update for the Apple Watch. Originally unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier his year, the new version of the operating system will bring a number of new features to the Apple Watch.

The biggest new feature for the Watch is perhaps its ability to run native apps. As it stands now, Apple Watch apps are run on your iPhone and then data is transmitted to the Watch over Bluetooth.  By allowing the Watch apps to run natively instead, the apps will be able to run much faster. 

Native apps will also be able to access some of the hardware on the Apple Watch, giving them additional features.

Specifically, Watch apps will now have access to the microphone, accelerometer, speaker, and digital crown in the Apple Watch. That means that apps can handle things like voice dictation and more.

Third-party developers can also access information like your contact list and HomeKit and HealthKit information, potentially making the Watch much more useful.

Additionally, watch OS 2 will add a new “time travel” feature that allows you to navigate forward or backward in time within an app using the Apple Watch’s digital crown. For something like your calendar, that means you can quickly scroll backward to remember when you had a meeting the day before or scroll forward to see what’s on the agenda for the day and week. 

New Watch faces are also on their way. Apple Watch users will now be able to use an image from their photo album as their Watch face if they choose, or opt to make an entire album their face, having the photo change each time they tap on the screen. A 24-hour time-lapse option will let you transform your Watch face into a portal to another place. For instance, a France watch face might show the Eiffel Tower. When it’s daytime, it will appear to be daytime in France on your watch, and as the day progresses, so will the day on your watch.

The Apple Watch will also get improvements to Apple Pay, Public Transportation directions, the ability to draw in multiple colors, and a new nightstand mode, which allows you to continue to use the watch even when you’re not wearing it.

You can check out a full list of the updates headed our way here.

When the update is released (hopefully soon!), here’s a step-by-step guide on how to update the software on your Apple Watch to the next version.