watchOS 2 delayed due to critical bug


Leading up to September 16, owners of the Apple Watch were looking forward to today’s date, thanks in part to the upcoming release of watchOS 2.

The new platform for the Apple-branded wearable was going to open up the gates a bit, as far as third-party app support goes, at least, and bring plenty of new features to the table as well. The scheduled release date for watchOS 2 was originally penciled in for September 16, along with the public launch of iOS 9, but according to surfacing reports, that’s no longer the case.

As first tweeted by USA Today tech columnist Ed Baig, Apple has apparently found a bug in the last few moments before public release in watchOS 2. Unfortunately, the tweet doesn’t hold any additional information, especially pertaining to what the bug might be:

However, a spokesperson for Apple did make a statement to TechCrunch, stating that the company had indeed found a bug within the new software, and, as a result, would not be releasing it to the public on September 16. The spokesperson did add that they plan on releasing the update “shortly,” but no specific dates were provided.

“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”

As far as iOS 9 goes, though, that release is still intended for today.

[via @edbaig; TechCrunch]