02 July 2019
Apple watchOS 6 second beta brings one significant change that takes the Apple Watch one step closer to independence. As noted by Jeremy Horwitz for VentureBeat, watchOS 6 seems to have set the stage for Apple Watch to gain software updates directly, but still, the intervention of iPhone is required in the beginning or the process to happen.
Previously, to update the Apple Watch’s software, you’d require Apple Watch app on an iPhone for the entire process but now the wearable is becoming capable of getting updates directly.
Note that in the first beta of watchOS 6, the Apple Watch gained its own OTA software update mechanism under the Settings> General> Software Update. This mechanism checks for any available watchOS update and if prompted, downloads the updated directly to Apple Watch. Now, with the beta 2 of watchOS 6, this mechanism is said to have become functional. However, according to the report, users still need to review first and accept the watchOS terms and conditions using an iPhone. This seems to be a temporary step and Apple may remove it before watchOS 6 publicly released in September.
As stated by Apple during WWDC 2019 while announcing the new watchOS, there are a couple of features coming to make the Apple Watch wearables more independent. One of the features to look for is the capability of the Apple Watch to install apps directly. You’ll also be able to browse, download apps, and even pay for your favorite apps directly on the watch itself.
Apple, in fact, started making the Apple Watch series independent long time before. In 2017, Apple Watch Series 3 models launched with cellular capabilities so that could make phone calls without the need of an iPhone.