Apple Releases iOS 15.0.1 With Fix for Apple Watch Unlocking Bug on iPhone 13 Models

Apple today released iOS 15.0.1, which is the first official update to the iOS 15 operating system that was released in September. iOS 15.0.1 comes two weeks after the launch of iOS 15, and it is a bug fix update.

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The iOS 15.0.1 update can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Today's update likely fixes an Apple Watch bug that has been affecting iPhone 13 users. Many ‌iPhone 13‌ owners have been unable to use the feature that's designed to allow an iPhone to unlock with an authenticated Apple Watch when the user is wearing a mask.

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People who have attempted to use this option have run into an error message about a communication issue with the Apple Watch. Apple promised that a fix was in the works shortly after the bug surfaced, and has also fixed the issue in the iOS 15.1 beta.

Today's update also fixes a bug that could cause the Settings app to incorrectly display an alert that storage is full, and it addresses an issue that could cause audio meditations to unexpectedly start a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers.

This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.
- Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch may not work on iPhone 13 models
- Settings app may incorrectly display an alert that storage is full
- Audio meditations could unexpectedly start a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers

Apple has also released a new version of iPadOS 15.0.1, which has the same fixes for the Settings app and audio meditations.

Apple has also said that it is planning a fix for a Core Animation bug preventing some developers from taking full advantage of 120Hz ProMotion displays for their app animations, and that may also be in the update.

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Top Rated Comments

840quadra Avatar
35 months ago
Amazed they went this route as opposed to pushing 15.1 which also resolved this issue (at least in my use).


How stupid, a whole iOS update for all devices and most people I know (me included) dont even use an Apple watch.
Did you read the release notes? It does more than just impact watch users.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
35 months ago

How stupid, a whole iOS update for all devices and most people I know (me included) dont even use an Apple watch.
i guess they forgot to consult your department...
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eorlas Avatar
35 months ago

How stupid, a whole iOS update for all devices and most people I know (me included) dont even use an Apple watch.
gonna burst your bubble here: you dont know many people at all if this is the case.

now if we’d all move on “lives in their own self absorbed tiny reality” here….


does this have 120hz core animation fix?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
35 months ago

I can’t believe the iMessage bug isn’t being covered more in the media. It seems like a huge deal to just delete your photos!
Only photos that were texted to you, and only if you delete the text threads, yes? Seems like easy to avoid and not the kind of thing that affects everyone.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MN7119 Avatar
35 months ago
Apple should start selling the iBug. A bug spray you can use in your iPhone to repeal all the bugs that will come every time they launch a new IOS. I think for $19.99 a little bottle it would be a huge seller.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
35 months ago

How stupid, a whole iOS update for all devices and most people I know (me included) dont even use an Apple watch.
I guess you don't want the other two bug fixes that don't involve apple watch?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)