Apple releases watchOS 2 for Apple Watch following delay

Apple has started to roll out the watchOS 2 operating system for the Apple Watch, following a last-minute hitch.

The company was scheduled to release the refreshed OS alongside iOS 9 on 16 September, but decided to hold off at the eleventh hour.

Now Apple Watch owners can make use of the native app support, which will mean they no longer need to stream apps from a connected iPhone.

This will also speed up performance and liberate the Apple Watch from the iPhone somewhat.

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There are also a host of additional watch faces from which to choose, while new Complications add important information – such as the weather or flight information and a world clock – on the watch face.

The Apple Watch can also be put into Nightstand mode, while the Friends feature now offers up to 12 contacts, among other benefits.

Apple Watch owners can now download the update via the Apple Watch companion app for iPhone.

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