With WatchOS 2, Apple metamorphosed the Apple Watch from a convenient remote interface for iPhone to a powerful piece of wearable technology with its own, standalone functionality. In this post, we will identify several WatchOS 2 features that have transformed the Apple Watch.
More powerful complications
On the Apple Watch, complications are little pieces of helpful information that display on your watch face, such as the time in other cities, the temperature outside or how close you are to reaching your Activity goals. In WatchOS 1.0, these complications were limited to showing information from apps native to the Apple Watch. With its new operating system, Apple Watch can now display complications from third-party apps, allowing you to add even more information to your watch face for at-a-glance referencing.
Apple Pay rewards
Apple Pay, your smartwatch allows you to make transactions with a simple tap and raise of your wrist. If they wanted to use a loyalty card at check-out, however, this convenience would be wiped away as patrons would still have to take out their wallet to access the card. With WatchOS 2, shoppers can wave that problem goodbye, accumulating loyalty points right on Apple Pay's digital cards.
WatchOS 2 not only makes the Apple Watch more useful when it is being worn, but it also now gives it a purpose when charging. Instead of simply displaying the battery level when plugged in, Nightstand mode turns the Apple Watch into an alarm clock. When you tap the screen, the Digital Crown, or the side button, the watch will display the time, date, and battery percentage. And when you set an alarm on your watch, you'll be able to click the side button to turn it off or the Digital Crown to snooze it.
In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of this series for a few more of our favorite WatchOS 2 improvements!