Sunday, 13 December 2015 23:06

Apple updated watchOS too, to 2.1

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Last week Apple updated its various operating systems, and that included an update for its watchOS too.

It’s not just iPads, iPhones and Macs that received an update to a new OS version last week, but the Apple Watch, too, with watchOS updated to version 2.1

I was trying to verify this when writing last week’s article by checking for an update in the Apple Watch app, but I was having some connectivity issues and the Apple Watch app wasn’t connecting properly.

Over the weekend, I checked again, and presto - there was an update waiting for me to download.

For those with an Apple Watch already on watchOS 2.0, the update is 57.1 megabytes in size and downloads very quickly.

Once you have downloaded the update, you need to have your watch charged to at least 50%, and then once it is connected to its charger, the update will start installing.

I thought the update process would take a while but it only seemed to take a couple of minutes and then it was done.

Apple has listed here the improvements that watchOS 2.1 brings, and I’ve listed them below. The updates mainly focus around improvements for languages other than Enligh, but the last Five things listed below are actual bug fixes.

Read on below!

WatchOS 2.1

  • This update includes new language support and bug fixes.
  • Adds support for system language in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal), and Vietnamese
  • Adds support for Right-to-Left user interface
  • Adds ability to switch between Latin and Hindi numerals for Arabic
  • Adds a new complication for Islamic and Hebrew Calendars
  • Adds support for Siri and dictation in Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • Adds support for dictation in English (Malaysia), Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Portuguese (Portugal), and Vietnamese
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent events from updating in the Calendar complication
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent the time from displaying in Power Reserve mode
  • Addresses issues that could prevent third party apps from launching
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent third-party app icons from displaying correctly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause instability when changing the system language

This update also patches a range of security issues, which can you read about from Apple here.


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