Apple Watch gets Native Apps with watchOS 2

Apple isn't sitting still with Apple Watch and is already showing off watchOS 2 even though its smartwatch was released less than two months ago. The next version of watchOS will include support for third-party watch face complications, improved Siri support, better Maps support, and more.

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watchOS 2 will let users set their own photos as a watch face, see time lapse images as a watch face, and now more information can be displayed as a complication—including data from third party apps. That opens Apple Watch to showing flight information, the status of your smart home system, and more as an element of your watch face.

The new operating system version includes a feature called Time Travel that lets you spin the watch's Digital Crown to look forward or back in time to look at your schedule and other time-related bits of information.

Apple also added a new Nightstand Mode that lets you use your Apple Watch as a bedside clock and alarm. To use Nightstand Mode just set your watch on its side after connecting the magnetic charger.

Friends will support more than 12 contacts, and Apple Watch will support replying to email messages instead of simply viewing them, and Drawings gets support for multiple colors, too. FaceTime Audio calls are coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 2, as well.

HealthKit on Apple Watch is opening up to third-party apps, plus you can use Siri to start workouts. Apple Pay will include the new Wallet app that's coming to iOS, so you'll be able to access your rewards cards from your wrist, too.

watchOS 2 will include iOS 9's Transit feature for Maps, and you'll be able to control HomeKit-compatible devices from your watch. Apple is adding the ability to play audio through Apple Watch's built-in speaker, and you can play short video clips, as well.

watchOS 2 will be a free update for all Apple Watch owners this fall.

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