Apple Releases watchOS 8.6 With ECG Support in Mexico

Apple today released watchOS 8.6, the fifth major update to the watchOS 8 operating system that launched in September 2021. watchOS 8.6 comes two months after the launch of watchOS 8.5, an update that brought new emojis, Apple TV purchase authorization, and more.

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‌‌watchOS ‌8.6 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌.

According to Apple's release notes, watchOS 8.6 expands ECG functionality and irregular heart rhythm detection to Mexico.

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Top Rated Comments

JCCL Avatar
25 months ago

With all the drugs-related violence, I’d be happy to just have a heart rhythm in Mexico…
And believe it or not, I have lived my close to 40 years in Mexico, never had anything stolen and my family hasn't either had any issue, never seen anyone firing a gun (fingers crossed it continues like that).

Fortunately, unlike the mass shootings in other regions, the drug related violence in mostly between the competing cartels, but it does take innocent lives and bystanders as well. Worst part is that the government doesn't even acknowledge it as a problem - so it is not looking like will get better any time soon.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
25 months ago
I’m already groaning how painful this will be to upgrade. It’s the only aspect that sucks about the Apple Watch experience.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JM Avatar
25 months ago
I love that purple watchOS 8 graphic.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
t0rqx Avatar
25 months ago
fix Siri and HomeKit processes via Apple Watch!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Corsig Avatar
25 months ago
Well I guess it’s good news for Mexico today everyone else will be waiting for June’s announcement
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
25 months ago

8.5 resulted in noticeably worse battery life, hopefully this resolves that.
Same for me. I’ve also got my fingers crossed. I turned AOD back on and will give it a test run tomorrow.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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