On Thursday, Apple released watchOS 7.1 to the public. It’s a relatively minor update, all things considered. However, the new software does include some new features for users. That includes an expanded availability of the ECG app to additional markets. As well as more health-safety features baked in.
To update, make sure that your Apple Watch is connected and within range of your iPhone. In addition, the smartwatch must be connected to its charger and have at least 50% battery. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, then open General –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.
This update includes the ability to be notified when your headphone audio level may be too loud, and brings the ECG app to the Republic of Korea and Russia. Irregular heart rhythm notifications are now live in Republic of Korea and Russia with this update as well.
Here’s the full changelog:
watchOS 7.1 contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes.
- Adds the ability to be notified when your headphone audio level could impact your hearing
- Adds support for the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in the Republic of Korea and Russia
- Adds support for irregular heart rhythm notifications in the Republic of Korea and Russia
- Resolves an issue that prevented some users from unlocking Mac with Apple Watch
- Fixes an issue where the screen may be dark on wrist raise for some Apple Watch Series 6 users
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
watchOS 7.1 is available to download and install now. It’s free, as usual.
tvOS 14.2 update, too
Apple didn’t forget about the Apple TV, either. The latest update designed for the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV set-top boxes is now available. It’s a free update, just like the others.
To update, open System –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions. If you have Automatic Updates turned on, the set-top box will automatically download and install the new software overnight.
No major new features were discovered in the betas for tvOS 14.2, and that will likely remain the case with the public release.