Apple Watch’s new operating system could be WWDC’s most important news

“At its annual WWDC developers conference in San Francisco Monday, Apple announced that it is creating a new version of watchOS, the operating system that underlies Apple Watch,” Troy Wolverton reports for The Mercury News. “With the new version, which programmers can start testing now, they will be able to create apps that run on the device itself rather than being beamed to it from an iPhone.”

“For all the talk at the show about Apple’s new music service and the updates to OS X and iOS, the software undergirding Mac computers and iPhones, respectively, the watchOS announcement potentially has the most long-term significance,” Wolverton writes. “Opening up the Watch to outside developers could not only make the device a mainstream hit, but help establish smartwatches as a significant new market like smartphones and tablets before them.”

“I’m eager to see what developers come up with. The ability to tap into the accelerometer and heart-rate sensor could well turn the device into a must-have gadget for athletes or those aspiring to improve how they play particular games,” Wolverton writes. “The device could potentially be used to help measure swings of a golf club or a baseball bat. Meanwhile, the vibrating motor could be incorporated into a bunch of different apps, including one that might alert users that their door is unlocked when they leave the house.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There was a lot of important news coming out of the WWDC keynote, so it’s difficult to say which was the most important, but watchOS 2 certainly is right up there. Apple Watch owners already get it, but this new OS will be the catalyst to clueing in the rest of the world to the fact that they’re going to be wearing computers on their wrists sooner than later, too.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff.L” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

        1. If my memory serves me well, it is the same writer who ones wrote that the iPhone was not for her. Initially, she bought it because all her friends have it or are raving about it.

          The writer’s main complaints were it was too fragile, it was like staring at her or something along those lines. So, she parted with her iPhone (not sure if she is an iPhone user now). Her essay was just so disingenuous, just like the introductory paragraph in this new article (so, I thought it must be her but I did not want to waste my time finding out the name of the writer also in the Trends and Style of NYTimes).

          The bottom line for me is that one should take their time, whether they really need something or desire something.

          I bought my first Apple computer in 1988, the square one, all in one beige computer, floppy disk and all. For my personal use, it was always Apple. When I thought Apple was about the go bankrupt, I bought a second hand Mac from someone, just so even if Apple went out of business, I would still have a computer that would last me for a long long time.

          I only buy a new Mac computer when my old one is just so slow already or the operating system cannot be upgraded anymore. I do not buy the first generation usually of many Apple products, even if I realized how some of the products, like the iPhone and the iPad, can be very revolutionary.

          For example, this is not obvious to Westerners, but the removable of the physical keyboard is very significant evolution for other languages that do not use the alphanumeric system in Western writing. Digital formats of all written forms of other languages (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, etc.), even Braille for the blind were then easy to included in the iPhone. This is true also for the iPad.

          For the iPad, I saw the need for smaller iPad, and espoused those ideas in the forum many years back (that time, it was roundly criticized in many Apple forums), because there is a need for smaller iPads for many occupations (factory foremen, UPS, medical settings, etc.) that need signatures or just a few form filled documents. Stylus too, even when Steve Jobs did not like it much.

          The point that I find disingenuous of the NYTimes writer is that if she really has considered the type of person that she is and the type work and others that occupy her, she might have found from the beginning that the Apple Watch, in its current form today is not for her. Just like in my case, I can see a lot of potential for the Apple Watch for many many people and for a lot of professions, but it is not just not for me right now, especially if I spend a lot of time in countries where internet may not be available all the time, and there is no way to re-charge nightly.

          To go back to the writer:

          “I wanted it to work. I wanted to fall in love, like so many of my friends.” …

          so, she was doing it for her friends — to belong or be in and not be left out, or be considered as not hip???

          “I wanted it to work, I wanted to fall in love…”

          First if there is no desire, if there is no love before you get into a relationship or want to attach to an object of desire, it is bound to fail before there is nothing that should be in the first place.

          As the old saying goes: “Know Thyself!”

          And, you will spend less time writing about your regrets, unless of course you are paid to do so. But, what a waste of time to put so much effort in writing about your failures and regrets. In time, all that was written, in this vein, will not make any difference in the search of man for the “Good, Noble, Beautiful and True.”

          CGC

          1. By the way, in the first part, I was recalling what she did not like about the iPhone…

            The first sentence she used were along the same lines as the past article, why she had to return her iPhone, and if I am not mistaken, she went back to a Blackberry?

            CGC

    1. Lol.. One person gets overwhelmed by the attention she gets by wearing an apple watch and stops wearing ….You call it ” early adopters droping the device ?

      Whats the point of these posts? Disinformation to what avail ?

    2. A lot of Apple watches will end up in drawers. I love Apple stuff. I’ve read a lot about the watch. I still don’t want one. I’m their ideal market. We have a LOT of Apple stuff. But this thing just isn’t needed. I have yet to see something that it does well that I want to have done for me that some other device I have doesn’t already do.

      1. 1. What time is it?
        2. Haptic alarm clock.
        3. Haptic timer.
        4. What’s the temperature outside?
        5. What’s today’s day & date?
        6. What’ my Heart Rate?
        7. What’s the current price of AAPL?
        8. What song is playing?
        9. Music volume control.
        10. What mail recently arrived?
        11. News headlines.
        12. Record my exercise activity now.
        All at a glance without the need to pull out my iPhone 6 Plus. And that is only scratching the surface of possibilities.😱⌚️💥🎉🚀😃

      2. The Fanbois- most of whom have yet to don an Applee Watch- are out in force as if their eternal salvation depends upon defending it.
        I do not hate the thing, but think it is the answer to a question most of Apple’s customers were not asking and will not ask in the future. I see it as a waste of resources, especially considering the beta quality of so many aspects of the iOS and OS X experience. I also see it as a reaction to Android watches rather than Apple addressing a need.

  1. Those of you with apple TVs
    Go to WWDC app/channel and check the availible streans from WWDC sessions.
    Tons of streams.
    Very very insightful.
    Highly recommended !

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