“WatchOS 2.2” seems like a small, incremental Apple Watch update, but Apple is hoping to change that perception with its beta release for developers. The new WatchOS 2.2 beta brings three new features to Watch OS: 1) multiple watch pairing, 2) more accessible search, home, and work functions , and 3) the Nearby feature for Maps that has existed in iOS since iOS 9 was announced last September.
WatchOS 2.2 brings multiple watch pairing, a feature that allows you to pair several Apple Watch models with one iPhone. For those who want to mix and match Apple Watch colors and bands with various outfits, you need not worry about your having to reset your iPhone’s Apple Watch app or your smartwatches themselves. Apple could unroll this feature for developers only, but if this feature survives to final release, consumers who purchase multiple watches could find benefit in this.
WatchOS 2.2 also borrows some from Google Maps with regard to search and navigation – with “home” and “work” destinations easily accessible from the main screen. In the same way that iOS 9 allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to find places “nearby” that you’d take interest in, the new update will also allow you to do the same on your Apple Watch.
While WatchOS 2.2 may not prove to be much, it does bring increased functionality to the Apple Watch – elevating Apple’s latest wearable into a device that holds more relevance for its consumer base. Check out the screenshots below.