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    Apple announces watchOS 3

    Today at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
    Apple announced watchOS 3.

    Apple says the new release of the OS is about seven times
    faster than the previous release. Apps are stored locally for
    a fast launch.


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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Quote Originally Posted by rationaltime View Post
    Today at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
    Apple announced watchOS 3.

    Apple says the new release of the OS is about seven times
    faster than the previous release. Apps are stored locally for
    a fast launch.


    Thanks,
    rationaltime
    Can the current AW run with WATCH OS 3 and have the apps on the watch, not the IPhone?

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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Can the current AW run with WATCH OS 3 and have the apps on the watch, not the IPhone?
    Yup.

    WatchOS 2 already runs apps natively on the watch, too.

    There are a bunch of added features, but what counts for launch speed is keeping your frequently-used apps (or "favorite" apps, as they described them) in memory with regular background updates.

    I'm pretty sure most of Apple's stock apps have had this ability already, most noticeably the Weather app. They're expanding the permissions to include third-party apps.

    I'll bet priority will be given to the apps you load as complications. We'll find out more as people dig into the developer preview software.
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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    I believe I noticed a digital face with seconds displaying! Now how many seconds until it releases in the fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibatastic View Post
    I believe I noticed a digital face with seconds displaying! Now how many seconds until it releases in the fall
    Good news, as I did not expect that to happen.

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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Good news, as I did not expect that to happen.
    Yup, to confirm here's a screenshot.

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    Some of the activity faces are a nice addition as well.

    Chibatastic

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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Apple's document today summarizing what's new in watchOS 3.0:
    https://developer.apple.com/library/.../watchOS3.html

    Worth reading if you have even a passing interest in how the OS works with third-party apps.

    Remember what I said about apps being loaded as complications: (bold emphasis mine)

    Complications are small visual elements that appear directly on the watch face. In watchOS 3, creating one or more complications gives your app the opportunity to provide vital pieces of information to users whenever they glance at the watch face. There are several reasons why you should take advantage of the enhanced complications APIs in watchOS 3:

    • Users can launch your app simply by tapping one of your complications.
    • The presence of a complication on the watch face tells the system to keep the associated app in a ready-to-launch state. That is, the system attempts to launch your app in the background, keep it in memory, and give it additional time to update.
    • A complication is guaranteed to receive 50 push updates per day.
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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Very excited by the updates, and reports of beta users have confirmed that the quicker performance (app load times, general responsiveness, etc) seems to be true. Looking forward to GR in the fall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zetaplus93 View Post
    Very excited by the updates, and reports of beta users have confirmed that the quicker performance (app load times, general responsiveness, etc) seems to be true. Looking forward to GR in the fall!
    3.0 will be pushed to all watches in the fall?

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    Re: Apple announces watchOS 3

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    3.0 will be pushed to all watches in the fall?
    Yup. It's currently in a publicly-available developer beta right now. App developers can now work on making their AW apps compatible with the new OS, taking advantage of the new features and frameworks.

    The WWDC schedule has been fleshed out since I last posted the link.
    https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/schedule/#/

    You can watch many of the presentations here:
    https://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc2016/

    and live streaming here:
    https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/#/
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