Apple Releases watchOS 6.1 with Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, AirPods Pro Support

BY Mahit Huilgol

Published 29 Oct 2019

watchOS 6 California Watch Face

Apple launched watchOS 6 last month, during launch the update was not available for Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2. Apple said that it will release watchOS 6 sometime in the fall. True to its promise, the company has released watchOS 6.1 to the public. The update arrives with performance enhancements and offers watchOS 6 for Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

With the update, Apple Watch Series 1,2,3,4 and 5 users can update to watchOS 6.1. In other words, all the Apple Watches released so far support watchOS 6.1. That apart, watchOS 6.1 also supports AirPods Pro and is said to improve battery life on Apple Watch Series 5.

Release notes for the update read as follows,

watchOS 6.1 introduces support for AirPods Pro and includes improvements and bug fixes. This update also brings watchOS 6 to Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

Meanwhile, if you don’t have an iPhone that supports iOS 13 then you can download watchOS 5.3.3. Apple assures that this update packs in all the security updates and recommends all users to install the same.

watchOS 6 New Features

1. App Store on Apple Watch

watchOS 6 App Store

The biggest news in watchOS 6 is the new App Store. Developers will be able to build independent Watch apps. These apps will be installed independently on the Watch and will work without an iPhone counterpart. Nothing will be installed on the iPhone automatically.

The full Watch App Store is available here. The editor’s picks and the featured collections will do the heavy lifting here. But you can search manually as well. Searching using Siri dictation and scribbling works as well.

2. New Watch Faces

watchOS6 Modular Compact

watchOS 6 has a couple of new watch faces and most of them are only available for Apple Watch Series 4. One of them is the new Solar Dial watch face. It builds on the old solar watch face by taking an analog route. There’s a special solar dial in the middle of the analog dial. You can add four complications in the corners outside the analog dial.

Check out all the Awesome New watchOS 6 features. Are you still using Apple Watch Series 1/2, Let us know if watchOS 6 makes your watch faster or better in anyways.