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watchOS 2 brings a ton of new features to the Apple Watch, including a new bedside alarm clock feature, multiple screens for friends, the ability to add new friends directly from the Friends interface, video playback, speaker output, replying directly from email, and so much more.

Nightstand mode Apple Watch watchOS 2

What’s new in watchOS 2

Here’s a look at some of the things that you can expect in watchOS 2:

  • Native apps
  • Photo watch faces – choose a photo from you
  • Time-Lapse – watch faces to show locations around the world shot over 24 hours
  • Custom third-party complications – developers can create their own complications to display right on the watch face
  • Time Travel – allows you to turn the Digital Crown to see upcoming events like temperature
  • Email – reply directly to an email from your wrist using dictation, smart replies, and emoji
  • Activity and Workout – share your achievements via Facebook, Messages, and Twitter. You can also start and end workouts directly from Siri
  • Apple Pay – adding reward cards and private label cards
  • Maps – using new Transit features to see public transportation info via the Apple Watch interface
  • Glances – use Siri to show Glances

HomeKit

  • HomeKit – Support for HomeKit to control home automation products like lights, thermostats, and more
  • Nightstand mode – when your Apple Watch is laying on its side and charging, it will automatically enter Nightstand mode, which changes the Digital Crown into a snooze button, and the side button into an off button

watchOS 2 speaker output

  • Video playback – play videos directly on Apple Watch
  • Audio output – audio output directly from the Apple Watch speaker

What do you think about watchOS 2?