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It's about time: Why watchOS 2 convinced me to buy an Apple Watch

Chuck La Tournous | June 17, 2015
On April 24th, as many of my fellow geeks were up obscenely late (or obscenely early, depending on your time zone) to order their Apple Watches, I was sound asleep, my credit card tucked snugly in my wallet.

Souped-up Siri. Without an onscreen keyboard, (and no, I'm not asking for one) the ability to use Siri to dictate replies to emails and texts in addition to contextual suggestions is a very welcome improvement. Add to that Siri's newfound ability to start a workout, open Glances, get transit information, and even control HomeKit devices, and you're talking about a seriously useful device.

Everything old is new again

It's not just the new features of watchOS 2 that pushed me over the edge. There are already plenty of features on the Apple Watch that I'm looking forward to trying. As an iPhone 5s user, the Apple Watch will mean I can finally use Apple Pay and stop pulling my credit card out of my wallet like a caveman. But with the improvements in watchOS 2, I'll also be able to use my loyalty cards, which means it'll be easier to both get fit and earn free donuts — a win-win if I ever heard one.

With watchOS 2, all the improvements and new features team up with the nice-to-haves of the original watch to make it a much more compelling proposition, at least to me. The new version also brings a slew of new nice-to-haves: Nightstand Mode, third-party complications, being able to use my own photos as watch faces, time lapse faces, and Activation lock. These are things that don't really factor into my decision individually, but cumulatively, they add up to that well-rounded, we-sweated-all-the-details experience we expect from Apple. It's a package that feels complete and — finally — polished. It feels like this is the Apple Watch that Tim Cook and company wanted to deliver in the first place.

Are we there yet?

It's no surprise that as the watchOS continues to improve, it will appeal to a wider audience. The question is when does it get good enough for you? For me, that threshold is watchOS 2. Now if Apple would let me buy a Silver Aluminum Watch with a Black Sport Band, I'd be downright thrilled.

Are watchOS 2's new features enough to convince you it's time for an Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments.

 

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