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Apple updates: WatchOS 2.0.1 and iOS 9.1

Apple updates galore! Apple released a bunch of software and website updates, but the most important two are updates for iOS and the Apple Watch.

scott-kleinberg-apple-watch-os-201Here’s what’s new for the Apple Watch.

• This update contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:
• Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
• Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
• 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

I’ve seen issues with ALL of these, so I’m really glad to see this incremental update come sooner rather than later.

To update your Apple Watch, you’ll need your Apple Watch charger, and it will need to have more than 50 percent battery. My recommendation is always to wait a little while after release because the servers are usually overloaded anyway, so why not start the process before you go to bed? If all goes well, you’ll have an updated watch when you wake up. You’ll need to initiate the process using your iPhone, so make sure that’s plugged in and charged and hopefully on Wi-Fi.

The iOS 9.1 update is much anticipated and it’s even bigger in terms of what it does. Most notable is more than 150 new emojis including tacos, burritos and the middle finger. Yep! Now you can flip off your favorite person in a text message, and then apologize over tacos and burritos.

Here’s what’s updated/new in iOS 9.1:

• Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
• Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
• Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
• Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
• Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
• Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching for some users
• Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
• Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
• Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
• Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
• Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message
• Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
• Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store

Same deal applies with the servers being overloaded, so give it a little time. I know it’s hard because I want those emojis as bad as you do! But maybe do this before you go to bed. I wouldn’t do both at the same time overnight – you need the iPhone to be fully on and functional when updating the watch, so stagger them. I’m not used to both updates appearing on the same day. But these should add solid functionality and fixes to these devices.

Let me know how your updates go in the comments, and/or let me know if you have questions.

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