The Apple Watch just got some cool software-based upgrades. Some fixed a few complaints people had while others just added new functionality. Here’s what your (or your future) Apple Watch will be able to do with the next Watch OS update.
Apple Watch, taking a page out of Pebble’s book, will now let you use the digital crown to scroll through events, both past and present, as opposed to just current events (as before). This means that you can not only see the meeting your attending now on your schedule but the meeting after the next meeting, if you want. Or the weather tonight, rather than just at the moment. This will also work with third party app integrations.
New Watch Faces: Photos, Albums and Time-lapse
There are a few new watch faces available for the Apple Watch now. You’ll be able to use any photo as a watch face background (or any photo album; photos within the album will rotate). Additionally, there’s a new 24/hr time-lapse watch face (actually, several from various locations). So, if you’re lucky enough to be in one of the major cities with it’s own time-lapse, you can see an approximation that matches the time of day. So if you’re in London you can see big ben in all it’s glory at noon or see it with it’s lights on after the sun goes down.
Use Siri to pull up Glances
I’ve seen plenty of complaints from bored bloggers about being able to find and pull up Glances, which are different than apps, on Watch OS. Now that should be less of a problem as you can use Siri to pull up any Glance you’d like just by asking.
Night Stand Mode
The Apple Watch now comes with a nightstand mode to make it more functional while it’s recharging. You can see a simple sideways view of the time and date and even set an alarm (and see what time it will go off).
More Complications (3rd Party App Info)
You know the little dials you see on traditional watches? Things like chronometers and sun/moon displays? Those are called complications in watch speak. Well now the Apple watch has more, and more customizable, complications to choose from. Third party app developers now have the ability to show information on your watch face (if you choose to enable it).
Native (Faster, Better) Apps
This is a big one, so I saved it for last. Native apps are finally coming to the Apple Watch. Until this moment apps on the Apple Watch have relied on the iPhone to power them, so they were sort of half-apps. This made many apps on the Apple Watch somewhat slow. But with native apps the entire app experience should get a lot better.