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Apple Releases watchOS 2.1 With Improved Language Support, Bug Fixes

Apple today released a new software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading watchOS 2 from version 2.0.1 to version 2.1. The update comes six weeks after Apple first released watchOS 2.0.1 to the public and two and a half months since the public launch of watchOS 2, the first operating system upgrade for the Apple Watch.

The 2.1 update can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

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watchOS 2.1 includes a range of bug fixes to improve the performance of the device and it also includes support for several new languages. There's now system language support for Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese, and Vietnamese, along with expanded dictation and Siri support for several languages. Bug fixes address issues in Calendar, Power Reserve mode, third-party apps, and more.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3
Tag: watchOS 2.1
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)


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13 months ago
Got confused by all the updates today. Now running watchOS 2.1 on my MacBook Air. Does that sound right?
Rating: 31 Votes
13 months ago

Looks like a "meh" update.


fixes 3rd party apps not installing and not showing an icon is big.
Rating: 10 Votes
13 months ago
Here's to hoping they eliminated the lag when attempting to dictate anything.

IMO the most notable bug introduced in 2.0
Rating: 8 Votes
13 months ago
Looks like a "meh" update.
Rating: 7 Votes
13 months ago
My favorite fix in the list is "Addresses issues that could prevent third party apps from launching." This is my #1 problem with the Watch right now. Fix this and I'm much happier with the device. Third party apps are still a pain point on the device. Many of them, even after being updated for Watch OS 2, are extremely slow to load or don't load at all. Sometimes I'm not sure which is going on, and other times it will crash back to the watch face when trying for a while. Please, please let this fix that!
Rating: 7 Votes
13 months ago
Please add some more options for nightstand mode.
Rating: 6 Votes
13 months ago

Got confused by all the updates today. Now running watchOS 2.1 on my MacBook Air. Does that sound right?


Excellent! Now don't forget you need to strap the MacBook to your wrist to keep it from locking otherwise it should work wonderfully!
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago
Hmm better than nothing I guess...bring on watchOS 3 :P
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago
I stopped using my Apple Watch months ago.

True to the Apple of late, the problem is entirely software based. Instead of spending engineering and design time giving us the ability to view pictures on a 1" screen, spending the time to make a better health and reminders system would have been a winner.

Too many use cases = no focus = mediocrity. Apple used to know better.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago

Here's to hoping they eliminated the lag when attempting to dictate anything.

IMO the most notable bug introduced in 2.0

Yes please!
Rating: 3 Votes

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