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watchOS 2 is the second major release of watchOS for the Apple Watch series developed and distributed by Apple Inc. It was announced at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference alongside iOS 9tvOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.

Product history

watchOS 2 is derived from iOS 9; both were announced on June 8, 2015 during the keynote address at WWDC 2015, when it became available to developers. It was released to the public on September 21, 2015.

Supported models

Release history

Obsolete / unsupported   Discontinued   Current   Beta  
watchOS 2.x releases[1]
watchOS
version
iOS version
based on
Build Release date Features

2.0

9.0[2]

13S344

September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)

New Watch faces

  • Time-lapse face: Hong Kong, London, Mack Lake, New York, Shanghai, Paris
  • Photo & Photo album faces with support for Live Photos
  • New Time Travel function where you can see both past and future events
  • Nightstand Mode
  • 9 new colors for customization
  • New multicolor Modular face
  • 3rd party apps Complications support

Siri

  • Workout and Maps support
  • FaceTime audio calling and email replying support
  • HomeKit support
  • Added support in following countries: Austria, Belgium, Norway

Activity and Workout

  • Workouts done in 3rd-party apps will be included in Activity rings
  • Sharing support from Activity app on iPhone
  • Interactive achievements
  • Weekly Summary
  • Activity notifications can now be muted for a day
  • Workouts can now be automatically saved

Apple Pay and Wallet

  • Discover cards support
  • Reward cards, store credit and debit cards support
  • Passes can now be added from 3rd party apps

Friends

  • You can now add more than 12 friends to your Watch
  • Groups support
  • Multicolor sketches support
  • Animated emoji support

Maps

  • New Transit view in selected cities
  • List of directions can now be shown
  • Station placards support with departure information

Music

  • New Beats 1 Radio support
  • New Quick Play button for Apple Music

Miscellaneous

  • You can now reply to emails right from your Watch using dictation, emoji, or smart replies
  • Support for FaceTime audio calls
  • Support for Wi-Fi calling
  • Activation Lock – No one can activate an Apple Watch without a proper Apple ID and password
  • New system languages: English (India), Finnish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish
  • Dictation support extended to include the following languages:
    • Dutch (Belgium)
    • English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa)
    • French (Belgium)
    • German (Austria)
    • Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
  • Smart replies support extended to include the following languages:
    • Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong, Taiwan)
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • English (New Zealand, Singapore)
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Swedish
    • Thai

Developer

  • Native SDK support
  • 3rd-party apps can now access the accelerometer, heart rate sensor, microphone, Taptic Engine, and Digital Crown
  • You can now play videos directly on your Watch
  • You can now run apps without your iPhone with a Wi-Fi connection
  • Complications for watch faces support
  • Support for Workouts from 3rd party apps – Metrics will count toward the Activity rings as well as included in the Activity app on iPhone

2.0.1

9.1

13S428

October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)

  • New emoji characters
  • Resolved: Software updates stalling
  • Resolved: Battery performance deteriorating
  • Resolved: iPhone calendar events not syncing to Apple Watch
  • Resolved: Location information not updating
  • Resolved: Instability with Live Photo on the Photos watch face
  • Resolved: Heart sensor is on forever when Siri is used to help measure your heart rate

2.1

9.2

13S661

December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)

  • New system languages: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal), Vietnamese
  • Right-to-left language support
  • In Arabic, switch between Latin and Hindi numerals
  • New Complication for Islamic and Hebrew calendars
  • Siri support extended to include Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • Dictation support extended to include the following languages:
    • Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
    • English (Malaysia)
    • Czech
    • Greek
    • Hebrew
    • Hungarian
    • Portuguese (Portugal)
    • Vietnamese
  • Resolved: Events not updating in the Calendar complication
  • Resolved: Power Reserve mode not working correctly
  • Resolved: 3rd-party apps not launching
  • Resolved: 3rd-party app icons not displaying correctly
  • Resolved: System instability when changing display language

2.2

9.3

13V144

March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)

  • You can now pair 2+ Apple Watches to a single iPhone
  • New Nearby function in Maps
  • New system languages: Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Ukrainian
  • Dictation support extended to include the following languages:
    • Catalan
    • Croatian
    • Slovak
    • Romanian
    • Ukrainian
    • English (Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Indonesia)
  • Siri support extended to include Malay, Finnish, and Hebrew
  • Background heart rate measurements have their frequency increased when you're stationary

2.2.1

9.3.2

13V420

May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)

  • General performance and stability improvements.

2.2.2

9.3.3

13V604

July 18, 2016 (2016-07-18)

  • General performance and stability improvements.

References

  1. Download watchOS 2.0 – 2.2.2 Information. Apple Inc. (2016-07-18).
  2. Apple Watch Firmware. Retrieved on May 19, 2015.

External links

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