Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Update Released
Apple has released the first update to Apple Watch software, versioned as Watch OS 1.0.1. The update is a fairly small download weighing about 51MB, and includes performance improvements and bug fixes for the device, making it recommended for all Apple Watch users to install. Release notes accompanying Watch OS 1.0.1 are included below.
How to Download & Install Watch OS 1.0.1 Update
Downloading and installing the Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 update is performed on the iPhone which the Apple Watch is paired to. The device must have at least a 50% charge for the update to install, and the Watch must be connected to it’s power charger.
- Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then go to the “My Watch” tab
- Choose “General” and “Software Update”
- When the update appears, be sure that Apple Watch is near the iPhone and choose “Download & Install”
You’ll agree to terms of service (after carefully reading it, surely!), the update will download, prepare, then install. While the Watch OS update is installing, the device will be largely unusable with an Apple logo visible on screen with a status bar of sorts circling around it, before rebooting itself with the freshly installed update.
For those wondering, Apple Watch OS is basically a redesigned and restyled version of iOS, the mobile version of Apple system software. And iOS is basically a stripped down and redesigned version of system software based upon OS X, the Mac system software. Essentially, Apple has a trio of different system software which is all using the same UNIX base, kind of interesting for those who care about the geekier side of things.
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Release Notes
Release notes accompanying Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 update are as follows:
Improved performance for:
- Measuring standing activity
- Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
- Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
- Third-party apps
- Display support for new Emoji characters
Additional language support for:
- Brazilian Portuguese
We’ll update if any other notable improvements or changes are discovered with Apple Watch OS 1.0.1.