Apple today released watchOS 8.7 to the public and it is accessible on all watchOS 8-compatible devices, from the Series 3 to the Series 7. watchOS 8.7 was launched simultaneously with iOS 15.6, iPad OS 15.6, mac OS 12.5, TV OS 15.6 and homepod OS 15.6. All these are accessible globally to any user around the world at the same time. This particular update may weigh 570 MB on the Apple Watch Series 6. watchOS 8.7 has 19u66 as its build number.
NOTE: If you are using watchOS 9, you will not receive this update because you are using a newer version. If you’re running watchOS 8.7 betas and updated to the most recent release candidate, you won’t receive the update because you’re already on it, albeit a week earlier. If you want to leave the beta program, you can simply delete the beta profile.
As for what’s new in this version, according to Apple’s release notes, this update includes improvements, bug fixes, and critical security upgrades. Normally they give us a big list of things they updated and fixed but this time they didn’t mention anything so we know it’s improved. They haven’t introduced any new features, but they haven’t failed to provide us with bug patches and security upgrades. I think this is largely for the security updates as quite a few have been discovered lately. Some of them can be listed like; file system events, gpu drivers, kernel and much more so there are quite a few security updates here that apple should take care of with this update.
The next major release for the Apple Watch is expected to be watchOS 9, which is currently in development and will add a slew of new capabilities to the device. This could include a new set of sleep monitoring tools for the Apple Watch, such as the ability to measure REM sleep, Deep Sleep, Core, and other parameters. There will also be upgrades to the Apple Watch’s fitness features, including new swimming, jogging and triathlon routines.
Apple plans to ship the watchOS 9 software upgrade in September 2022, along with the new Apple Watch Series 8, iOS 16, and the new iPhone 14, iPhone14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. So we should see those new upgrades around that time, but maybe we’ll get one or two more updates before that September release with a watch OS 8.7.1 or watch OS 8.8.
If you have noticed any other changes in Watch OS 8.7, kindly bring it to our attention via the comment section below, and also let us know your reviews regarding the current update that has been released.
Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.