Continuing with its operating system update avalanche after the releases of OS X 10.11.1 and iOS 9.1, Apple has pushed out watchOS 2.0.1, which fixes some lingering bugs and adds new emoji characters. You can find the 62.8 MB update in the Watch app on your iPhone, in My Watch > General > Software Update. To update, the Apple Watch needs to be in range of your iPhone, connected to its charger, and charged to at least 50 percent.
According to Apple, watchOS 2.0.1 fixes issues that caused stalled software updates and poor battery life. It also addresses issues that prevented location information from updating, caused Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number, and made sensors stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate. The update also resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS calendar events to the Apple Watch. Finally, watchOS 2.0.1 addresses stability issues when using a Live Photo as a watch face.
With so little history of updates, it’s impossible to know if watchOS updates may be problematic, as some OS X and iOS updates have been in the past. Nevertheless, since the bugs fixed are quite minor, it’s probably worth waiting a few days before installing the update, just in case it has some unanticipated ill effects. Ironically, Adam Engst’s Apple Watch ran out of juice for the first time since updating to watchOS 2.0 the day before he updated to 2.0.1, so perhaps his watch was trying to encourage the update.