watchOS 2

Apple has delayed its release of the highly-anticipated watchOS update for the Apple Watch. Apple confirmed with TechCrunch that, after discovering a bug, it would not be releasing watchOS 2 today as scheduled, but would do so shortly.

“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”

There’s no indication as to what the bug was, but it’s obviously severe enough to derail Apple’s plans of releasing both iOS 9 and watchOS 2 at the same time. Unlike iOS, it’s very important that Apple get the watchOS 2 deployment right, because simply restoring an Apple Watch like you can restore an iPhone is not a possibility.

Once Apple does release watchOS 2, it will be the first major update to the platform to do. A highly anticipated release on both the user and developer end, watchOS 2 promises to bring native apps, custom complications, photo watch faces, and more to the table.

It’s still unclear as to whether or not Apple will issue a new GM seed for watchOS 2 given the time table. We’ll sure to update you as soon as we hear anything new about watchOS 2 and its release.

The Apple Watch engineering team is likely drinking lots of coffee and putting in long hours to get this fixed as soon as possible. As such, it shouldn’t be out of the realm of expectations that we’ll see watchOS 2 within the next few days.

Source: TechCrunch

  • Mark

    Ugh

  • iBanks

    Wonder if I have this “bug” on my watch right now being that I have the GM version installed.

    • Merman123

      Almost certainly yes.

      • iBanks

        Curious of the bug being that I haven’t had any issues.

      • Probably security related or an app that crashes in certain circumstances. Either way I’ve not noticed any issues with Watch OS 2 apart from slow syncing of Music from iPhone to Apple Watch (I really hope they’ve fixed this).

      • Only bug I have on the 2.0 GM is no mail notifications when wrist detection is turned ON. I think it may turn out to be a hardware issue though.

      • That_Fruitarian

        I haven’t noticed any bugs either… And neither has my wife

  • Gerardo Castro

    Yay new GM!

  • BucBearPig

    So should Apple watch owners wait to update to iOS 9 until this issue is resolved? To avoid having to update twice? Curious because watchOS 2 is baked into the iOS 9 update right?

    • Watch OS is not included with iOS it’s downloaded from the Internet when you open the Apple Watch app and go to “General” -> “Software Update” so you should be okay to update your iOS devices. You might have trouble with some Apple Watch apps though since I’ve seen in the descriptions of many apps messages to update to Watch OS 2 because their app does not work with Watch OS 1.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Where’s the iOS9? ? ?

    • Chris Wagers

      Probably 10 am pacific 1 pm eastern. Sorry for error. Corrected now.

  • I still have the no mail notification bug if Wrist Detection is turned on. Maybe thats it?

  • iPhoneWINS

    great cause i hate there constant IOS updates

    • Donovan

      Yeah it’s so stupid that they bring update more frequently now. I rather have to wait half a year to get new features. Or get buggy rushed ones.

      Finally they update more frequently.

  • pnh

    I was only going to iOS 9 so I could get WatchOS 2. I guess I’ll hold off now and keep my jailbreak a little longer.

    • kurt

      Thats the only reason I was going to update as well! I am happy about keeping the jailbreak a little bit longer though!

  • M L

    You need iOS9 to upgrade to WatchOS 2.0?

    • John Englett

      Yes you do

  • dudeimmexican

    So, should I get a Apple Sport watch? Not sure how convenient it will be

    • Vince Reedy

      I was reluctant to get one, but I found a great deal on Craigslist. I bought it because I could sell it for a profit if I didn’t like it. I wouldn’t dare sell it now that I’ve had it a few weeks. Once you get it tweaked the way you like it, which takes a day or 2, you almost forget you have a phone in your pocket.

  • Spaz

    There has been a number of reports of the taptics going weird. Either no vibration at all, or in my case, it was more like air was blown out the speaker/microphone holes. A full power cycle of the watch would fix it, but that’s a pretty “serious” bug I’d say.

  • iDude

    noooooo! good thing i don’t have apple watch 😛

  • JayDee917

    For those of you with WatchOS 2 GM, is it worth losing a jailbreak over?

    I want WatchOS 2 but I’m hesitant to give up my jailbreak, seeing as I would have to upgrade to iOS 9 as well.

    • You may not need to have iOS 9 installed to install WatchOS 2. I want it too but for me its most definitely not worth losing the Phones JB for the watches upgrade.