This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple released watchOS 7.1 on November 6. For older devices that are not supported by watchOS 7, watchOS 6.2.9 and watchOS 5.3.9 have also been released with multiple zero-day vulnerabilities fixed.
watchOS 7.1 is available as a free download through the Watch app on the iPhone. In order to install the new software, you must first update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS (iOS 14.2 at the time of writing). Then, make sure your Apple Watch is at least 50% charged and place your iPhone near your Apple Watch to stay in communication range.
The update first adds hearing health protection, which notifies the Apple Watch if the level of the connected headphones is too loud and could impact the user's hearing. Also, it resolves an issue that prevented some users from unlocking Mac with Apple Watch.
And from the Apple Watch Series 4 onwards in South Korea and Russia, the ECG (electrocardiogram) app and irregular heart rhythm notifications are now supported.
In Japan, Apple was certified as a medical device manufacturer in June and the Apple Watch received medical device certification in September, but the ECG feature was not made available in this update either. Many users seem to be waiting impatiently to find out when it will be available.
The official release notes for watchOS 7.1 are as follows
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
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