Tim Cook breaks his silence as the Apple Watch gets its first update

Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally dispelled the dark gloomy clouds that surrounded large scale availability of the Apple Watch ever since the gleaming new gadget was made available for purchase on April 24.

Speaking to his employees in China, Cook stated that Apple Stores will begin stocking up fresh stocks of the Apple Watch 'by June,' even as he lamented not having enough engineers and operations staff who could help customers receive their gadgets much earlier than under present circumstances.

Back in April, Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts had written a memo to her staff stating that the Apple Watch will not be available to buy in-store throughout the month of May.

She had noted that the decision had 'not been easy' and that customers will be encouraged to order the Watch online instead.

However, the delay in supplies hasn't really kicked up much of a storm, signifying customers' unparalleled patience with the Cupertino giant when a similar delay could have resulted in customers sending any other gadget maker to the cleaners by now.

Cook also touched on the rollout of the Apple Pay in China which he said will take place soon. “I think we’ve made progress [on Apple Pay for China], there’s different people and different banks involved," he said.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch received its first official update with the release of the Watch OS 1.0.1. The new update contains the following features:

  •          Support for the 300+ new Emoji characters added in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3
  •          Performance improvements and bug fixes
  •          Addition of Siri
  •          Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
  •          Accessibility
  •          Third party apps
  •          Measuring stand activity
  •          Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
  •          Additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

 

While using Siri on the Apple Watch will surely be an interesting experience, most updates are focussed on optimizing the Watch for fitness tracking and other health-related functions. It seems that in addition to rival smartwatches, Apple also intends to outperform and throw out smartbands and other wearables from the market.

The addition of more than 300 new emoji characters is another major add-on to the feature that was introduced along with the iOS 8.3 in April. The new OS brought in a flurry of multi-cultural emoji characters which customers could use with a variety of skin tones and family options.

With most customers poised to receive their Apple watches next month, it will be interesting to see if the Watches will come with the new update pre-installed of if they'll have to install it manually. To do the same, they'll have to ensure that the Watch has at least 50 per cent of battery charge and is connected to a power supply apart from being within range of a connected iOS device.

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