Native Apps Coming Apple Watch with Launch of New watchOS

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote in San Francisco today, the company said native apps are coming to Apple Watch through the next version of watchOS.

WatchOS 2 brings lots of new stuff to Apple Watch, the company says. A new watch face, called Time-Lapse, shows iconic locations around the world shot over 24 hours; when you turn the Digital Crown, Time Travel lets you see things like upcoming events and temperatures; and when Apple Watch is on its side and charging, it automatically goes into Nightstand mode.

You can use multiple colors to draw and send more colorful sketches, Apple’s Kevin Lynch notes, and now you can reply to email directly from your wrist with smart replies, emoji, and dictation. Like with iOS 9, Siri for the watch is also now more effective, Apple says.

“We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2,” said Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favourite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many new experiences developers will dream up now that they have access to even more innovative features of Apple Watch.”

“We’re really excited to have Apple Watch out in the world,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We can’t wait to see what developers will do with watchOS.”

watchOS 2 will be available as a free update this fall, and will work on every Apple Watch. The developer preview for watchOS 2 is available today.