Apple today released version 1.0.1 of Watch OS for the Apple Watch. My initial unscientific opinion is that glances are much faster, and third-party apps are much faster, although you will still notice a delay on initial load.
You can initiate the update from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone (under General > Software Update).
Apple’s requirements for performing the upgrade are that the Apple Watch is:
- in range of your iPhone
- connected to its charger
- charged at least 50%
You will also need to enter your passcode on the Watch to authorize the upgrade.
The release summary says that the update includes “performance improvements and bug fixes”. The detail calls out:
Improved performance for:
- Measuring standing activity
- Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
- Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
- Third-party apps
Display support for new Emoji characters.
Additional language support for:
- Brazilian Portuguese
There are some security fixes as well: Watch OS 1.0.1 Security Content
Kickstarter’s got a project by Rodrigo Narciso for a smartphone-connected wearable called CH4 (the chemical formula for methane) that can track your flatulence, and, if you track the food you eat, can advise you on what foods may be causing it.
Now there’s a wearable for tracking your farts
Here’s my Apple Watch unboxing, on tape delay from Friday afternoon:
Apple’s extending that concierge service feel that I got from the try-on appointments. I got this email this morning inviting me to schedule an online Apple Watch Personal Setup appointment. It’s not entirely clear from the wording of the email if it’s live or a selection of canned videos. Either way, it’s an interesting development.
The email also mentions that you could alternatively schedule a personal setup appointment at an Apple Store, like you historically could for your new Mac or iPhone.
You’ll need a computer or iPad to view the video, as your Watch and iPhone will be tied up during the setup process.
I’m interested to try it out, but I have a commitment this evening, and I’m not likely to let scheduling a session delay me setting up the watch and using it for too long :-)
While you’re waiting for your Apple Watch to arrive, which can be into July, depending on what you ordered, you can drool over all the 2,100+ apps in the App Store that have Watch functionality. And you can also learn what the built-in apps from Apple can do as well.
Apple’s put together a series of Guided Tour videos of the Watch. The big pane at the top is the Welcome video, giving you an overview of the basic functionality of the Watch, and how to get around in the Watch, with taps, swipes, the Digital Crown, the Friends button, and Force Touch.
After that, there are videos dedicated to functions of the watch. The layout of the page implies that there might be more videos coming as well.
- Digital Touch
- Phone Calls
- Apple Pay
For those who would rather read than watch videos, hit the “Explore” button at the top to get a menu of old-fashioned pages describing certain aspects of the watch, such as this one on the built-in apps.
The amount of content here shows how much Apple tried to build in to the watch for launch. It also demonstrates that we will have a lot to play with when we get our hands, er, wrists, on one of these.
If you’re like me, you’re wondering what apps are going to be available for the Apple Watch, and what they’re going to look like.
You’re not alone. The folks at AppAdvice have put together a site at WatchAware that’s collected screen shots of all 2,100+ currently approved watch apps, and composed them in an Apple Watch face to give you a good sense of what it will look like.
So there’ll be no shortage of things to try out when your watch arrives!