Talk about painful, Apple! Could that have been more difficult?
I am a fanboy of most Apple products, but dang that was not the experience I expect from Apple. It took me 24 hours of trying things, but finally I was able to update my Apple watch to watchOS2.
For the longest time I would check for an update and I was told I had the newest OS version, but I could see it was 1.0.1 (from your iPhone open the watch app, make sure you are on the My Watch tab, click on General, then Software Update). But finally after rebooting my iPhone numerous times I finally got the much anticipated update message! But by then I was at work and I didn’t have my Apple Watch charger. Ok, I have to admit at first I didn’t see the requirement that the Apple Watch had to be on a charger and over 50% charged so I tried a few times at work to update the watch. That was my fault for not reading close enough, but still it was frustrating.
Finally I got home and immediately slapped my Apple watch on it’s charger and hit update, accepted the disclaimer, and watched it very slowly update, and hang on validation…. for a really long time.
So I tried again… and it hung on validation… for a really long time.
So, I tried again… and it hung on validation… yes, for a really long time. What is going on?!?!?! So I google it.
Ok, fine I will turn blue tooth on and off and try again.. and it hung on validation… for a really long time. So I google some more.
Oh, try to restart the Apple Watch (just hold down the crown and the side button at the same time for a few seconds) and then it should work, right?
So I try again.. and my iPhone says my Apple Watch is "…up to date" (1.0.1 still). It’s past midnight, I am going to bed!
Next day, it will work now I am sure! Nope, still being told that my Apple Watch is on the newest version and "…up to date" (1.0.1 still). Hours of rebooting my iPhone while working (yes, I have a day job) and finally it I get the update.
Just in case I reboot my Apple Watch again. After it starts back up I try again… and it works! Finally! Wow! Almost 24 hours later (yes, I slept a few hours in there) I finally have the update on my Apple Watch.
So was it worth it? There are a couple of cool new watch faces, but I like the modular face and I have it customized the way I like it. So not a big impact.
I can draw pictures in multiple colors now, but I didn’t really use thatch before and don’t see that I will use it all that much now.
Now Time Travel is pretty cool. I can dial the digital crown and I can see my upcoming appointments. That is useful.
And I am able to reply to email using the microphone now too, again very helpful.
I haven’t tried tetherless wifi yet, but that might be cool.
Now you can add more than 12 friends, but honestly I only used 3 or 4 of the contacts most of the time anyway (maybe I need more friends?).
Nightstand mode seems cool. I even bought a new stand so the Apple Watch is in the correct position. We’ll try that tonight.
So was 24 hours of pain worth it? Eeh, maybe? We’ll see.