Apple WatchOS 9.6.1 Update

WatchOS 9.6.1 Update for Apple Watch Users

Apple has introduced a fresh software update for Apple Watch users, preceding the anticipated launch of watchOS 10 in September. From today onwards, watchOS 9.6.1 is available, bringing along a vital correction for the Movement Disorder API.

Here's a breakdown of what's new in watchOS 9.6.1 according to Apple:

  • This update includes a fix for an issue that prevents access to motion data for apps that use the Movement Disorder API to track tremors and symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Introduced in 2018, the Movement Disorder API was developed to enable creators to provide non-intrusive, day-long monitoring via the Apple Watch. This API is proficient in detecting two prevalent Parkinson’s symptoms: Tremors, which manifests as shaking recognized by the Apple Watch, and Dyskinesia, a side effect stemming from Parkinson’s treatments, resulting in restless and rocking motions.

This inconvenience in watchOS 9.6 barred third-party applications from leveraging this crucial data. However, Apple confirms that with the rollout of watchOS 9.6.1 today, this problem has been resolved.

For those looking to upgrade their Apple Watch, you can do so via the Apple Watch's associated app or directly through the device's Settings. The version code for watchOS 9.6.1 is 20U80.

At the moment, there's no indication of other forthcoming updates from Apple, including iterations like iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Stay tuned, as we'll keep you informed about any new releases today.

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