Apple rolled out watchOS 8.1 last night, along with macOS Monterey and the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS.
Which watches are compatible with watchOS 8.1?
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch SE
The first Apple Watch, Series 1, and Series 2 cannot install watchOS 8.1. Go here for our software installation tutorial.
What’s New in watchOS 8.1
- fall detection : algorithm improvement and possibility to activate the functionality only during exercises (Series 4 and later models)
- support for the “sanitary pass” : in some countries such as Canada or the United States, a document proving that the user is vaccinated against COVID-19 thanks to a QR code now available in Cards (new name of Apple Wallet)
- bug fix : Previously, the Always On screen did not display the time correctly with the wrist down for some Series 5 and later versions
- Fitness + : SharePlay support (Apple Fitness + is not yet available in France) to share your sports lessons with up to thirty-two people via FaceTime. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
The HomePod and HomePod mini are also entitled to a new software version, numbered 15.1 as for mobiles and tablets. This brings to the speakers the support of Lossless Audio in Apple Music, with Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos which give an impression of three-dimensional immersion in the music to the user.
Space Audio is only available for the Full Size HomePod at this time. To activate Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos, simply go to the settings of the Home app, touch their profile and access the Apple Music menu under Media.
The HomePod operating system downloads automatically and does not require specific manipulation to do so.