Posted 09/21/2015 at 5:49pm | by J.R. Bookwalter
In case you missed it, Apple released watchOS 2 to the masses earlier today, no doubt making Apple Watch owners everywhere quite happy. But the iPhone maker didn’t stop there — our Monday edition of Apple Daily has the story on the latest Apple Car rumors (along with a potential release date), what to expect from Friday’s iPhone 6s launch, and a public beta for the first OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update.
watchOS 2 Is Here
After being delayed last week to an undetermined time, watchOS 2 — the updated operating system for Apple Watch — was released by Apple earlier today. You can get it now by going to the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone (make sure it’s been updated to iOS 9), then selecting General, then Software Update, then Download and Install.
watchOS 2 includes many new features, such as third-party complications, the ability to run native apps, Time Travel mode to easily see your schedule, a nightstand mode, and new watch faces.
Apple Eyeing 2019 Launch for Rumored Automobile
MacRumors today reported the so-called Apple Car has supposedly achieved “committed project” status inside of Cupertino headquarters, with 2019 pegged as a prospective release date. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ramped up the number of employees working on the project in order to hit that target date.
“The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California,” the report elaborated. “Leaders of the project, code-named Titan, have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.”
Of note, the report claims Apple’s car may not be autonomous (or self-driving) after all, but such functionality could arrive at a later date.
iPhone 6s Models Sold Out Online, Apple Details Friday Launch
Apple issued a press release Monday morning to remind everyone the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are arriving in retail stores this Friday, September 25 at 8AM local time. The announcement confirmed “stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early,” adding in a footnote that reservations will be required in four tax-free US states — Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Oregon — as well as China, Hong Kong, and Japan, presumably to keep scalpers at bay.
Those hoping to saunter in and grab an iPhone 6s on Friday will apparently have no choice now: 9to5Mac today reported that preorders for both new models are completely sold out worldwide from Apple’s online store, with the earliest delivery date now estimated for September 29. That’s still a big improvement over last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, but Apple had a little more lead time with the new models, presumably to build up additional inventory for the masses later this week.
Apple Releases First Public Beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1
In addition to releasing watch OS 2 on Monday, Apple has also issued the first public beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, a maintenance update for the company’s new Mac operating system arriving next Wednesday, September 30.
According to AppleInsider, the beta build which is already in the hands of developers offers “support for new emoji characters and improved overall system stability,” suggesting Apple could schedule a public release soon after the debut of OS X El Capitan 10.11 itself.
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