watchOS 6.2.5 Brings ECG and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications to Saudi Arabia
Apple has released watchOS 6.2.5, a small update focused on Saudi Arabia, bringing the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to users there. MacRumors says that the update also includes new Pride-themed watch faces. For Apple Watch models incompatible with watchOS 6, Apple published watchOS 5.3.7 with unspecified “improvements and bug fixes.” Both updates probably happened now due to security fixes, but Apple hasn’t yet published details for either one, likely because other operating system updates haven’t yet shipped.
You can install the update, which weighs in at 168 MB on an Apple Watch Series 5, from the iPhone’s Watch app: go to Watch > General > Software Update.
Our take, as with most watchOS updates, is that you should install it at some point in the next few weeks when you have some time. It’s hard to imagine a watchOS vulnerability being easily exploited in the real world.
Ever since the update was installed, automatically, my battery life is much worse. I often used get two days use out of an overnight charge; now it needs recharging every day. It may have 50% left when I go to bed, but if I wear it at night, it is in power saving mode by the next morning.
I haven’t added any apps since the new version.
The first troubleshooting step for battery drain on the watch, if you haven’t done it already, is to shut down and restart. There may be a rogue process running that will be cleared with a restart.
Thanks Doug, I’ll give that a try. BTW, it’s a Series 3 watch, FWIW
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