Apple Releases First Apple Watch Software Update With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released the first software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1. Released to the public on April 24, the Apple Watch initially shipped with version 1.0 of Watch OS, the operating system unique to the Apple Watch and deeply linked to iOS.

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The new software 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 be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone.

Watch OS 1.0.1 includes performance improvements and bug fixes for Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walking and running workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. The software update also includes support for new the emojis found in iOS 8.3 and it provides additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

Apple has been steadily shipping Apple Watch devices out to customers, but supplies remain constrained and some Apple Watch orders have not yet shipped out. Customers receiving an Apple Watch shortly after today's update will need to update the software on the device after taking it out of the box.

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Top Rated Comments

jayducharme Avatar
74 months ago

Apple has been steadily shipping Apple Watch devices out to customers, but supplies remain constrained


Hopefully Apple's servers will be able to handle the onslaught from the dozens of simultaneous downloads.
Score: 105 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonneyGee Avatar
74 months ago
Rumor has it all five people who have received their watches already are thrilled.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
batchtaster Avatar
74 months ago
Mmm... after update, feels watchier.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry-Bloom Avatar
74 months ago
Really

My wife asked me to return her Apple Watch today. She can't get accurate fitness results. It's way off from her Polar. She even bought a bluetooth polar chest strap. Maybe this update will help?


Why would your return it when it goes on craigslist for 300 above retail...
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marvz Avatar
74 months ago

i just hope there is battery life improvements when using the workout apps.

Really? I wear my Apple Watch all day (ca. 16h) including a 2 hour workout and when I go to sleep my Apple Watch is at 15% battery.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redman042 Avatar
74 months ago

Yet the watch is still an irrelevant device, displaying no actual use... I don't think any review out there blatantly states that anyone should run out to buy one.


Yup, a nice watch that also does a lot more is completely useless. Troll award for you.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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