Random news from around Apple's camp: San Francisco for developers, WatchOS 2 and more

Random news from around Apple's camp: San Francisco for developers, WatchOS 2 and more
It's old news now that Apple has replaced the Helvetica font used since iOS 7. "San Francisco" is the name of the font employed by Apple on iOS 9 and it is available to registered developers to use directly from the tech titan. If the font looks familiar, it's because San Francisco is used by Apple for the Apple Watch. Apple is making the font available for developers across all platforms. The company wants some consistency between iOS 9, OS X and WatchOS.

Speaking about WatchOS, the new version of the wearable operating system (WatchOS 2) will allow Apple Watch users to cut the ties that bind the timepiece to the iPhone. While the next-gen Apple Watch is rumored to be a standalone model like the Samsung Gear S, Watch OS 2 will allow users of the current Apple Watch to connect independently to a Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows the device to offer internet connectivity without having to be paired to an iPhone. An Apple Watch owner can leave his iPhone home while running and still be able to upload his running stats. With the Wi-Fi connectivity and a weather app, the owner of the timepiece can still be alerted if a storm is making its way into the area.

Just the other day, we told you about a survey (using a very small sample size to be sure) that found only 38% of Apple Watch owners would recommend the device to their peers. Slow third party apps are one of the reasons why. Still, some of the features found on the watch, such as Force Touch and the Taptic Engine could be deployed on the next iteration of the iPhone.

source: AppleInsider, RedmondPie


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