watchOS 2.0 arrives fashionably late

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WatchOS 2.0.1 is out.
WatchOS 2.0.1 is out.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s first major update for the Apple Watch arrived fashionably late today after being pulled last week due to a critical bug.

watchOS 2 was slated to launch September 16 with iOS 9, but the release was delayed to fix a major bug that discovered at the last minute.

Apple Watch owners can now download watchOS 2.0 to their devices via the Apple Watch iPhone app by going to General >> Software Update. (Here’s more info on how to upgrade your Apple Watch the right way.)

The update requires iOS 9 and is the first major update to Apple Watch since the timepiece went on sale in April. Included among the new features is the ability to run native apps on the watch, rather than running everything off the iPhone.

watchOS 2 also gives developers access to all the Apple Watch’s sensors and hardware features like the Taptic Engine, microphone, accelerometer and heart rate monitor. Since watchOS 2 was running perfectly fine as a Gold Master, it was a bit of a surprise that Apple discovered a bug so late in the development process.