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watchOS 6.1 now available with Series 1, Series 2, and AirPods Pro support

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A minor update for most Apple Watch owners

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Apple is releasing its latest watchOS 6.1 update today, and it will introduce watchOS 6 support for the Series 1 and 2 Apple Watch models. watchOS 6 originally debuted last month, but Series 1 and 2 owners have had to wait on this 6.1 update to upgrade.

This latest update also includes support for Apple’s new AirPods Pro headphones, just a day before they start shipping to customers. Aside from these changes, it’s a fairly minor update for Apple Watch owners that were already running watchOS 6, but it includes the usual performance improvements and bug fixes that you’d expect from a point release.

Apple hasn’t revealed whether this update improves battery life on the latest Series 5 Apple Watch. Some owners have reported issues with the battery life not lasting a full day, and beta copies of watchOS 6.1 appeared to improve things for some. Either way, watchOS 6.1 is available right now from the General > Software Update section of the Watch app on iOS.

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