Apple's WatchOS 2 has arrived and I will have to say that it was not an easy go to get it working properly.
Read below for a tale of woe.
An un-"time"-ly update
WatchOS 2 was finally released on September 21st! It was like Christmas morning for those of us sporting the aluminum wonder. It had been delayed due to the fact that Apple announced last Wednesday that the operating system had encountered last-minute "bugs", leaving yours truly and millions more all excited about iOS 9, but lamenting the wait for the new, supposedly faster Watch Update. It's amazing how dependent we have become on these updates, isn't it?
Well, the day had arrived. I started the download on a blazing fast Wifi connection (~150mb download speed) at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, PA. Immediately upon download I noticed turtle-like assimilation of the WatchOS 2 download on the iPhone. It was going to take about an hour to complete. "Screw this", I thought.
I waited until I got home to my 100mb+ download speed connection. I fired up the Watch app on my iPhone and suddenly the download was going to be completed in 10 minutes... It really took about a half an hour to install. My advice : if you have not yet downloaded the update, expect a slightly longer wait time than the screen proclaims.
I then installed the new WatchOS on my Apple Watch which takes forever to do a restart, (or an upgrade) I have learned over the past few months. I suspect the next round of watches will have to be built with much faster processors to handle the modern-day speed demands of us consumers.
The first thing I noticed was the extreme lag of the entire watch. I fired up my trusty task app, Clear to see how well it performed within the new operating system.
It took about 6-8 seconds with every tap to get the various selected items to appear on the Watch. The equivalent of the Mac's infamous "beach ball of death" (which indicates a stalling application and drag on RAM) is evidenced on the Watch, via a small asterisk in the top right corner of the screen. Asterisks were on full display, as was my apparent lack of patience.
The normally snappy Clear was not the cuplrit nor the only app bewildering me with its slow launch on the installed OS. I also opened the Messages app. "I could've grown a beard in the time it took to start this app", I thought. It really was slow. I then unpaired and re-paired the Watch with the iPhone, thinking that it was the Watch causing the issue. No dice. Now I could not see any calendar events on the Watch! As in, no appointments synced across from iPhone to Watch.
Ok. Now I was in over my head, or so it seemed. It was time to bring in the big guns. I called Apple customer care and got K, in Texas. She was super helpful, and walked me through several setting steps (all the while I was thinking "I've already checked all of these settings", but I obliged her).
After several screen shots and emails back and forth, it was time for me to hang up from the 45-minute phone call to tech support. She was going to talk to engineers about my issue, and get back with me the next day.
I could not get to sleep. I had a feeling that something was intrinsically wrong, slow and buggy with both my iOS 9 and Watch update. So I got up, and took it upon myself to hit the "big red button" on both devices - I did a full restore to factory settings on both of the devices, and crossed my fingers.
25 minutes later, I had the iPhone and the Watch restarted and communicating perfectly with each other.
I am happy to say that after two days of usage, the iPhone battery is no longer being drained quickly, and after 18 hours of watch usage, I still had 27% pattery life left.