Apple delays debut of watchOS 2 software

A bug has held up the next version of software for the Apple Watch, which was expected to launch on Wednesday.

In a rare deadline miss, Apple will not be providing a major software update to the Apple Watch as planned on Wednesday.

Speaking to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected." The company previously announced that watchOS 2 would be available today.

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The new software is highly anticipated because it will add more flexibility to Apple's smartwatch.

Developers can create software that runs directly on the watch; currently, apps run on a connected iPhone which then renders information on the watch. WatchOS 2 also brings the ability to show third-party data on watch faces through customized complications.

Should Apple have kept to its schedule regardless? It's difficult to say without knowing the details of the reported bug.

However, it makes sense to me to manage the change through PR and fix the issues since the company prides itself on the "it just works" mentality.

Apple is still expected to release iOS 9 to the public today for iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch.