Apple announces watchOS 2: native apps, more friends, smarter Siri

Apple has announced a new way for developers to create full native apps for the Apple Watch.

Apple has announced that developers will soon be able to build native apps for the Apple Watch. Developers will be able to do things like make their own complications for watch faces. These are things like sports scores, home security readouts, and more. Things like fitness apps will also now run natively on the watch and contribute to activity tracking.

Additonally, watchOS 2 will have a number of enhancements out of the box. When resting your Apple Watch on its side while it charges at night, it can display a horizontal alarm clock. The digital crown on the watch functions as a snooze button, while the watch’s button turns the alarm off. Your Apple Watch is also getting the expanded Wallet coming in iOS 9, which will allow it to hold your store and reward cards.

You will also be able to make multiple sets of friends in watchOS 2, going beyond your original 12. You’ll also be able to use multiple colors with digital touch drawings. Facetime audio will also be supported with watchOS 2.

Siri is getting a boost on the Apple Watch as well. Siri can now be used to reply to emails and start workouts. You can also use the digital assistant to do things like open glances, get mass transit directions, and control HomeKit appliances, right from your watch.

Tune in to our WWDC liveblog for the latest news from Apple’s developer conference.

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Source: iMore

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