Last week, Apple kicked-off watchOS 7.6 to public with new features and fixes. Now Apple Watch receives yet another public update, the newer version is 7.6.1 and it is an important security update. The update is available to everyone, so make sure to install this update on your Apple Watch. Here you can explore everything about watchOS 7.6.1 update.
Apple plants the security update on Apple Watch with 18U70 build number. It is a small patch with a size of around 64MB, so you can quickly update your Apple Watch to the newer software. Three days ago, Apple released iOS 14.7.1 update which was a security update and bring fix to bug which doesn’t allow iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch with unlock with iPhone turned on.
Talking about changes in watchOS 7.6.1, then, as per the Apple’s security notes, watchOS 7.6.1 comes with a fix to memory issue (IOMobileFrameBuffer) that may have been actively exploited things in the background. Apple did not mention anything in the changelog, but you can check the security notes if want. Here’s the security notes you can check before updating your watch.
Available for: Apple Watch Series 3 and later
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.
CVE-2021-30807: an anonymous researcher
Download watchOS 7.6.1 Update
iPhone users running on iOS 14.7.1 can easily sideload the latest watchOS 7.6.1 update on their Apple Watch. The update is available to Apple Watch series 3 or newer models. You can follow the below steps to update your Apple Watch to the newest build.
Note: You’ll not lose any data if you update your Apple Watch through the airborne update (aka OTA).
- Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
- Make sure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 14.7.1.
How to install watchOS 7.6.1 Update on Apple Watch
- At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap on My Watch.
- Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
- Enter the password for confirmation.
- Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Once done, tap on install.
- That’s it.
That’s it. Now you can start using your Apple Watch running on watchOS 7.6.1 update.
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