JUST a month after its release, the Apple Watch has its first software update to fix some of its most complained about flaws.
The software patch released today, Watch OS 1.0.1, is described by Apple as including “performance improvements and bug fixes”.
Our review of the Apple Watch as a running companion published last month was the first in the world to highlight the limitations of the as a running watch.
Because of the way the Apple Watch and the paired Apple iPhone work with GPS, the pace displayed on the Apple Watch during a run can be inaccurate by 30 seconds.
For average runners, who aren’t trying to run at a specific pace, the inaccuracy is not a major concern but for keen runners who set out to tackle a 10km run at a specific pace each kilometre, the inaccuracy means they are likely to stick with another GPS running watch or perhaps wear a watch on each arm.
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Apple says the patch released today contains a fix for distance and pace during outdoor walks and running, although it’s not clear if this patch fixes the inaccuracy which is caused by the way the iPhone smoothes out GPS information.
The patch also has improved performances for Siri, measuring standing activity and calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing.
The other key improvement promised in the patch is with third-party apps. One of the biggest complaints about the Apple Watch is the lag in opening up apps on the device.
The update also includes support for the new Apple emoji which are more racially diverse.
The update is a 51.6MB download and it is installed in a new way for Apple owners, who are used to updating their iPhones and iPads either through Wi-Fi or by connecting their device to a computer.
To update your Apple Watch, you will need to connect the watch to the magnetic charger. It needs to be within 10m of the paired iPhone and have at least 50 per cent charge.
The update to the Watch comes through Watch app on the iPhone.
The update does nothing to fix a reported concern with the Apple Watch that makes it an attractive target for thieves because it can easily be paired with a new phone.