Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 with improved battery performance, new emoji, and more

watchos 2.0.1

Along with the release of iOS 9.1 this morning, Apple just release watchOS 2.0.1 for Apple Watch users. Most notably, this update contains support for the new emoji characters already present in iOS 9.1, and improvements to battery life.

Beside containing the new emoji characters that came with iOS 9.1, the most welcome addition to watchOS 2.0.1 is that it fixes issues that were impacting battery performances.

The complete change log is as follow:

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

To update to watchOS 2.0.1, users must launch the Watch app on their iPhones, go to General > Software Update. To install the update, your Apple Watch must be in range of your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi, connected to its charger, and carrying at least at 50% battery charge. Because this update was just released, it may not be available right away for everybody. Patience!

Note that we have independently confirmed that you can update to watchOS 2.0.1 from an iPhone running iOS 9.0.2.