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:

  • Siri
  • Measuring standing activity
  • Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
  • Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
  • Accessibility
  • Third-party apps

Display support for new Emoji characters.

Additional language support for:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Turkish

There are some security fixes as well:  Watch OS 1.0.1 Security Content