Apple has just released the first-ever substantial incremental software upgrade for watchOS 10. Yes, I am talking about the watchOS 10.1. The update goes official with a bunch of new features and optimizations. The feature card confirms the anticipated DoubleTap feature for Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, NameDrop, My Card complication for quick access to NameDrop, and more.
Apple plants the new software on eligible watches with 21S67 build number. The update weighs 487MB in size on my Apple Watch Series 7. watchOS 10.1 comes alongside iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, macOS 14.1, and tvOS 17.1. So, yes, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 17.1 to access all new features of the watchOS 10.1 on your Apple Watch.
Moving to the list of changes, then Double Tap is one of the most hyped features of the Apple Watch Series 9, but the feature wasn’t available on the watch out of the box. Apple takes one month to push the functionality to the watch, the feature is now available for both Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Watch Series 9.
Apart from that, NameDrop is another feature teased at WWDC, the feature now finally makes its way to eligible Apple Watches. For eligibility, the feature is available for Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Series 7, and later. You can even add a My Card complication on the watch face to quickly access the NameDrop.
For improvements and optimizations, watchOS 10.1 addresses an issue causing a blank Home app in the climate section, fixes an issue causing a white selection border to appear after turning off AssistiveTouch, Weather synchronization issues with Apple Watch and iPhone, and more.
watchOS 10.1 Release Notes
Here are the complete release notes of watchOS 10.1.
- Double tap gesture can be used to perform the primary action in notifications and most apps so you can answer a call, play and pause music, stop a timer, and more (Available on Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2)
- NameDrop allows you to exchange contact information with someone new by simply bringing your Apple Watch near their iPhone with iOS 17 or Apple Watch (Available on Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Series 7 and later, and Apple Watch Ultra)
- My Card is available as a complication for quick access to NameDrop
- Fix for bug that causes the climate section in the Home app to be blank
- Addresses an issue that causes a white selection border to be unexpectedly displayed after turning off AssistiveTouch
- Fixes an issue where cities may not sync between iPhone and watch in Weather
- Resolves an issue where the scroll bar may unexpectedly be visible on the display
- Fix for bug that causes elevation to be incorrect for some users
watchOS 10.1 Update
If your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest version of iOS 17.1, then you can easily sideload the watchOS 10.1 on your Watch.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap General > Software Update.
- Select the Download and Install option on the new update.
- That’s it.
Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged at least 50% and connected to a WiFi network. After installing the beta profile, open the Apple Watch app on your phone, head over to General > Software Update > Download and Install, then install the new software.
Now the watchOS 10.1 will download and transfer to your Apple Watch. And after the completion of the installation process, your watch will restart. Once all done, you can start using your Apple Watch.
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