Apple Watch Series 2 update
The Apple Watch Series 2 was unveiled in September last year and features a number of improvements over its predecessor.
These include in-built GPS, brighter display and waterproof design that can even survive a dip in the sea.
Since its launch the Apple Watch appears to be selling well with Apple boss, Tim Cook, recently revealing "We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch.”
Now Apple is set to improve both the original Apple Watch and the Series 2 with a new update.
The upgrade called watchOS 3.2 has just been pushed out to beta testers and developers earlier this week and its biggest new feature is Theatre Mode.
Apple Watch Series 2 update
This mode ensures Apple Watch owners no longer distract those around them while at the cinema or West End show by stopping the wearable’s screen springing to life every time a notification gets pushed through or the wrist is raised.
Until now, Apple Watches could prove distracting with constant alerts being displayed on the screen.
If a user does want to see what emails and texts have been sent a simple push on the side buttons will display the notification.
A number of Android Wear-powered smartwatches, such as the Moto 360, have had this feature for some time.
“Introduced in watchOS 3.2, Theatre Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise,” Apple’s developer guidelines states.
It adds: “Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theatre Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.”
Currently the 242MB patch is only available to those signed up to Apple’s beta programme with Apple stating that due to its pre-release state, the software should “only be deployed on devices dedicated for watchOS beta software development.”
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Apple Watch Series 2 includes an in-built GPS, faster processor and brighter screen. It's also water resistant to a depth of 50 metres.
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Apple Watch Series 2 includes an in-built GPS, faster processor and brighter screen
Theatre Mode is not the Apple Watch’s only watchOS 3.2-based addition.
The beta release has also introduced new SiriKit skills as well as the usual array of bug fixes.
The new SiriKit additions let developers to build Siri support into their existing apps, letting users talk to their watch to perform certain tasks.
According to Apple: “Users can ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, or make other requests that your app can handle.”
Although it’s currently unclear exactly when the watchOS 3.2 software will be handed a general consumer roll out, when released the software will be compatible with both the original Apple Watch and the September-released Apple Watch 2.
Along with the Apple Watch update the US tech giant is also testing a new version of iOS 10 which should launch on iPhones in the Spring.
This update includes a host of news features including more Siri functions and the option to 3D Touch on the weather icon in Maps which will then show local forecasts for your area.
Apple is also lending a hand should you misplace these your new £159 AirPod headphones by adding a find feature.
Should you happen to lose them, iOS 10.3 will allow the "Find My iPhone" app to locate them to within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices that are signed in to iCloud.
If your AirPods are within range of any of these devices and available, that device’s location will be used to show you where to start looking.