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watchOS 7.6.1 Fixes Severe Security Vulnerability

Apple has issued watchOS 7.6.1 with a fix for the same vulnerability that sparked the iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS 11.5.1 updates: a kernel vulnerability that may have been actively exploited in the real world (see “Apple Releases iPadOS 14.7.1 and macOS 11.5.1 with Security Notes for Recent OS Updates,” 26 July 2021).watchOS 7.6.1

You can install the watchOS 7.6.1 update, 64.2 MB on an Apple Watch Series 4, in the Watch app on your iPhone under My Watch > General > Software Update. Have your watch on its charger and charged to at least 50%.

Given the severity of the vulnerability and the fact that it’s in the wild, we recommend installing watchOS 7.6.1 sooner than later.

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Comments About watchOS 7.6.1 Fixes Severe Security Vulnerability

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  1. What do you do if your 4. generation watch does not say that an update is available? Mine says it has version 7.6 (18U63) and no update available.

  2. Did you update your iPhone first?

  3. My iPhone’s version is 15.0. Could that be the culprit? Being in beta-state?

  4. Ah, that’s it alright. Watch updates roll straight after you update your iPhone.

  5. It seems entirely likely that running the iOS 15 beta would prevent non-beta versions of watchOS from being available.

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