Apple watchOS 2 faces delays: What’s the hold-up?
Alongside yesterday’s rollout of iOS 9 was supposed to be the new and improved operating system for Apple Watch, creatively named watchOS 2. Alas, this didn’t happen and the software remains firmly in beta, with no solid date given for the postponed release.
What’s the hold-up? A bug.
“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”
This is unfortunate for Apple. It’s already playing catch-up with Android Wear in terms of software versions, and the current watchOS lacks some pretty basic features. watchOS 2 will let you customise your watch face with your own photos, for example.
Other new watchOS 2 updates include improved Siri support, improved iPhone connectivity range, transit directions, and a new Time Travel feature that lets you wheel back through elapsed notifications on your Apple Watch. The new OS will also open up the Watch’s sensors to third-party app developers.