Apple is releasing the watchOS 8.4.1 update for Apple Watch users, a week after the company released watchOS 8.4. According to the company, the latest update will only be available for the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer smartwatches. Apple’s website reveals that watchOS 8.4.1 does not include security fixes but does contain bug fixes for these Apple Watch models. The company previously released important security and bug fixes as part of watchOS 8.4 which was released alongside iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 on January 26.
watchOS 8.4.1: What’s New?
The Cupertino-based tech giant started the release of watchOS 8.4.1 for the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer smartwatches on February 1st with build number 19S550. With a size of 71.6 MB, the update contains bug fixes for the affected Apple Watch models, but the company did not specify which bugs were fixed in the change log for this update. Users will need to ensure that the Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and within range of the iPhone connected to Wi-Fi to install watchOS 8.4.1.
Apple released watchOS 8.4.1 just days after the release of watchOS 8.4 on January 26th. watchOS 8.4 update, Apple fixed an issue that prevented some third-party chargers from working with Apple Watch models. The previous update also included fixes for security issues on Apple Watch Series 3 and newer models, including ColorSync, Crash Reporter, iCloud, WebKit, WebKit storage, and the watchOS kernel.
Meanwhile, Apple is also testing the latest watchOS 8.5 beta, which is scheduled to arrive alongside the iOS 15.4 beta. While the iPhone 12 and newer smartphones gain the ability to use Face ID with a mask (without an Apple Watch) with the iOS 15.4 update, watchOS 8.5 doesn’t seem to have any notable features, according to a report by 9to5Mac.