On recognized Wi-Fi networks, the Apple Watch will finally start feeling like a stand-alone gadget with Watch OS 2: communicating with doodles (with other Apple Watch owners); FaceTime Audio and Wi-Fi calling; and using online-connected apps.
The digital crown can perform an additional trick when checking the time: spinning back and forth in time. Checking on past or future appointments, weather, travel or earlier stock prices amounts to a clever at-a-glance way of peeking at your day planner.
Apps will finally be able to take advantage of the microphone, accelerometer, sensors and the vibrating Taptic Engine, and even work away from the iPhone, like this PCalc calculator app. Facebook Messenger is one of the next-wave apps we're most looking forward to.