Apple Watch Updates, Apple Music Service Debut at WWDC

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-06-08 Print this article Print
Apple, WWDC, Apple Music, music streaming, Apple Watch, developers

Apple previewed the upcoming watchOS 2 version at WWDC, where Kevin Lynch, vice president of technology, highlighted some of its features, including tools that will give developers the ability to build faster, more powerful apps running natively on the Apple Watch.

Some new features are available immediately, including a Digital Crown control system, Taptic Engine capabilities, a heart-rate sensor and some new software APIs. The full watchOS 2 update will introduce a much wider range of improvements and changes, including new watch faces and new communications capabilities in the device's Mail, Friends and Digital Touch apps.

New WatchKit tools give developers access to key hardware like the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer and microphone so they can add features, while new software APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, according to Apple.

Among the new features that will be available to Apple Watch users when watchOS 2 is released are the ability to turn a favorite photo into a new watch face, as well as the ability to view changing pictures from a favorite photo album every time a user raises his or her wrist. A new Time-Lapse watch face will let users choose from a selection of time-lapse videos shot over 24 hours in iconic locations, including New York City, London or Shanghai.

Also slated for watchOS 2 is a Time Travel feature that lets wearers scroll using the Digital Crown knob to look forward or backward at upcoming calendar events, temperatures for the week or at information from third-party apps, such as upcoming flight details.



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