Apple has released software updates for the Apple Watch and Mac. watchOS 7.2 adds health functions, and macOS 11.1 (Big Sur) supports the new Apple headphones. In this article, we explain how to download the new software.
How to download watchOS 7.2 and macOS 11.1
Simultaneously with iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3 and tvOS 14.3, Apple also released software updates for its watches and computers: watchOS 7.2 and macOS 11.1 (Big Sur).
The former update introduces, among other things, a new version of the ECG function, with which you can make heart films. The watch update also adds Cardio Fitness. This function estimates your general health and gives tips on how to improve it.
How to download watchOS 7.2:
- Connect your Apple Watch to the charger and make sure that the paired iPhone is and remains nearby;
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone;
- Tap on ‘General’ and go to ‘Software update’;
- Wait a moment for the update to appear on the screen and follow the instructions on the screen.
It’s a good idea to leave your Apple Watch on the charger during the update. Make sure the battery is at least 50 percent full when you start updating. Make sure to back up your Apple Watch beforehand. Should the update unexpectedly go wrong, you will in any case not lose any personal data. The update rolls out for the:
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 3
Also new version of macOS
macOS 11.1 offers many of the same options as iOS 14.3, the software update for the iPhone. This means that from now on you can use the new AirPods Max headphones on your Mac and privacy labels of apps are available. Furthermore, Apple has fixed some bugs and added some functions for the first Macs with an M1 chip, such as the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (13 inches).
Download macOS 11.1 like this:
- Open the System Preferences;
- Click on the ‘Software updates’ button;
- Wait until macOS Big Sur appears here and click on ‘Update’;
- Wait for the download to complete and follow the steps on the screen.
Your Mac will reboot while installing Big Sur. So make sure you have saved all your files and closed programs. macOS 11.1 rolls out for all of the Macs below: