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Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 for Apple Watch with battery life improvements and other bug fixes, tvOS GM for Apple TV

watchOS 2.0.1

Alongside updates to iOS and OS X, Apple has released watchOS 2.0.1 with a whole host of changes and bug fixes. As well as including the new emoji character set like Apple’s other operating systems, watchOS 2.0.1 includes bug fixes for poor battery life, stalling software updates, Calendar event syncing and much more.

It has also seeded developers with the Gold Master release of tvOS for Apple TV. We’ll update with any changes …

Here’s all the changes for Apple Watch:

  • New emoji characters
  • Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
  • Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updating
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
  • Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face.
  • Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate.

Catch up on our watchOS 2 walkthrough here for what changed in the last major update.

Xcode 7.1 is also now available on the Mac App Store:

New in Xcode 7.1:

• Support for tvOS including storyboards, unit and UI testing, playgrounds, and crash logs
• New workflow to add a device for development and testing, select Window > Devices then click the + button
• Storyboard support for 3D Touch gestures
• View debugger presents an improved view of Auto Layout contraints at runtime
• Enhanced XCPlayground API gives playground authors more power
• Swift 2.1 improves interoperability with C code
• Two-factor authentication support when adding an Apple ID account

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  1. NY3Ranger (@ny3ranger) - 7 years ago

    Not seeing it with watch app -> general -> software update.

    • NY3Ranger (@ny3ranger) - 7 years ago

      My mistake. There is a ios update that has to be done first.

      • Jim - 7 years ago

        I see the WatchOS 2.0.1 update on the Apple Watch app on my iPhone 6, running iOS 9.0.2.

  2. Grayson Mixon - 7 years ago

    I would love for the heart rate sensor to stay on indefinitely. My $150 Fitbit does.

  3. PMZanetti - 7 years ago

    Buried in the article, but really curious what the final shipping version of tvOS looks like.

  4. secdj - 7 years ago

    Hopefully the current Apple TV will get a refreshed look

    • o0smoothies0o - 7 years ago

      It’s not happening. It got a refreshed look not too long ago, when it was finally updated to the iOS 7 and beyond GUI.

      • secdj - 7 years ago

        I know, but since they will continue selling them, they should updated the look again more like tvOS, without the obvious “plus” stuff the 149 model has. I think it will bring some kind of uniformity…

      • o0smoothies0o - 7 years ago

        Yeah it would be nice as far as GUI elements

  5. Liam Deckham - 7 years ago

    I cannot believe how long a .01 update takes to install (not download). All this watch does is waste time. Apple is all about the updates now. Spend your life updating.

    • wdm6502 - 7 years ago

      Do you stay up 24 hours a day every day? No? Then do it before bed. Or maybe stop checking your phone at dinner one evening. Then you won’t have to deal with the awful horrifying prospect of waiting for an update to finish, ruining your barely-worth-living life.

      • Liam Deckham - 7 years ago

        If it could be done automatically without having to click install after the download for example, then I could go have dinner with your barely-worth-banging mommy.

        Point was a 0.1 update should not be that time consuming or come with a time estimate for installation.

      • srgmac - 7 years ago

        Yeah really. I mean come on, it’s not like he has anything more important to do, and it’s not like Apple has billions of dollars to spend on servers and bandwidth and should be able to ensure a smooth and quick update from the users that paid good money for their products! Pfft, what does Liam Deckham think this is?? A free for all!? What an annoying end user! Always complaining, blah!!! Liam Deckham, you’re so greedy, you’re supposed to just take what Apple gives you and swallow it and say “Please sir, can I have some more?” — People like Liam just don’t understand, maybe they should switch to Samsung!!!

      • Liam Deckham - 7 years ago

        @srgmac … LOL.. Great posts and you hit the nail on the head. I had the same freeze situation. I had to start fresh and reinstall the Watch OS.

        Look, when you have to update your iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Watch as often as Apple pumps out updates, then run Time Machine to make sure that you are backed up, there is no denying that it becomes tedious. If they offered an “update manager” that let you do all this while you went to sleep, i.e. take care of “agreeing” to the software license for the billionth time, clicking install, and making sure nothing freezes or fucks up, then we have a solution. Until then, we suffer.

    • 1nf3cted - 7 years ago

      The Apple Watch updates take a while to download because the iPhone downloads the update data and actively passes it to the Watch. The install, I can agree, does take some time. However, I don’t see how it’s worth complaining about, because you can just let the update sit ready on your Watch and then before bed, when plugging-in your devices for charge, just tap “Install” and go to bed.
      I consider it a good thing that Apple pushes out regular updates. While there is no denying that the quality of Apple’s software has degraded slightly under Tim Cook, at least the development team is pushing updates to quickly lament the issues, and working to return to their former glory. As a result, I am happy with the quality of my MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, and iPhone 6. Sure there are some annoying issues here and there, but nothing that completely breaks the experience of the ecosystem.
      And maybe it’s just me, but I’m always excited for a new beta/software update!

      • srgmac - 7 years ago

        When 2.0 came out, I did just that, tapped install and waited, went to sleep — and when I woke up in the morning, watch was frozen. it fucked up the watch to the point where it would freeze on boot every single time. Go and look at the original 2.0 article on 9to5mac, check out the comments of how many people that this same exact thing happened to. I am NEVER doing that again. Both the watch and phone have wifi — wifi is fast…there is no valid reason for it going that slow.

  6. tonywmd23 - 7 years ago

    I hope the watchOS 2.0.1 improves the performance of the watch a bit. Seems like no software update can save the watch from performance issues before the hardware overhaul comes into place.

  7. Arin Failing - 7 years ago

    Had iOS 9.1 Public Beta 5 – no watchOS 2.0.1. Updated to iOS 9.1 (regular – yes it did show up as an OTA update) – still no watchOS 2.0.1. Tried rebooting, again, after installation (and killed & – still nothing. Did I miss something?

  8. taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

    The app store for Apple TV active yet? Curious the apps available or if they have approved the developer apps yet

  9. taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

    Surprised not to see an update to the Remote app before the release of the new Apple TV. The Re it’s gets an update about every 6 months and is do for an update. Curious to see if they add SIri to the remote app.

  10. Daniel Lourenço - 7 years ago

    Small typo, not sure if yours or Apple’s. Two-factor*


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