Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released software updates for the Apple Watch and Mac. According to Mac Rumors, the company upgraded watchOS 3 to watchOS 3.1, the first update to the new operating system which was introduced more than a month ago. The watchOS 3.1 is designed to improve performance and to fix some bugs. The release notes list several bug fixes and improvements.
The update, available across Series 2, Series 1 and first-generation models, will improve battery life, but does not add any new features. It can be downloaded through the dedicated Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch is required to have 50% battery and placed on the charger in range of the iPhone.
Mac Rumors reported that macOS Sierra 10.12.1, the first update to the macOS Sierra operating system launched on September 20, is available for free to all customers who are running macOS Sierra.
The update includes Photos support for the new iPhone 7 Plus Portrait feature introduced with iOS 10.1, as well as includes features designed for next-generation MacBook Pro models that are set to be released later this year.
The update adds an automatic smart album in photos for depth effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus, and improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents. Also, the update is designed to fix an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account and fix an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard. Moreover, this software update improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch and security and stability in Safari.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled the Watch Series 2 last month with a faster dual-core S2 processor, a standalone GPS radio, and a waterproof design.
The new Watch Series 2 came with a number of noteworthy hardware improvements. The most noticeable change in the Watch Series 2 is the new dual-core S2 processor, which makes the device faster to perform tasks. The Series 2 also features a new GPS radio, which allows users to track pace and distance without a connected iPhone. This means users can go out for running or biking without an iPhone.
The company has upgraded the device with a more durable ceramic back. Moreover, the new smart watch series is waterproof, suitable for surface swimming and tracking.
A review of the Watch 2 by Apple Insider shows that Siri’s performance has been improved and the voice assistant was faster at addressing queries, and was more accurate at hearing. The company also improved the device’s battery life. The Watch Series 2 is rated for about 5 hours of use with GPS.
According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple is now the No. 2 watchmaker in the world by revenue. A report in The Motley Fool suggested that the iPhone maker sold somewhere between 5 million to 9 million watches in 2015.