Yesterday, Apple released an update to Watch OS, the operating system for Apple Watch. The update to version 1.0.1 mainly covered much needed performance improvements and bug fixes. It also added support for seven new languages and fixed a display issue for sending animated emoji to non Apple Watch recipients.
Performance improvements including Siri, the Stand feature in the Activity app, calorie calculations, and accessibility.
From my personal experience, the Stand feature is still messed up. Sometimes, it will signal me to stand at ten minutes before the hour, and other times it won’t. Before the update, I would sometimes get a notification to stand up and as soon as I tapped “OK” it would congratulate me on completing the task. I don’t know if that is still a part of the problem, but I definitely didn’t get an alert at 10-till in the previous hour.
Siri also doesn’t seem to have improved. I still have to say “Hey Siri” a number of times before it will activate. When I do trigger the personal assistant, my request still takes a while to load, although a bit less time than before.
What I do notice is that apps loading in Glances seems to work much faster than before. That was a source of frustration before, but now data appears immediately and correctly.
To download Watch OS 1.0.1, open the Apple Watch app. Navigate to My Watch and tap General, then Software update and tap “Download and Install.”
You must have at least a 50 percent charge on Apple Watch and the device must be connected to the charger for you to install the software. This isn’t a recommendation. It is a requirement. The installation will pause until you have placed Apple Watch on the charger.