A minor upgrade to the watchOS 8 operating system, which debuted in September 2021, was issued by Apple today as watchOS 8.7.1. A month after watchOS 8.7 was released, watchOS 8.7.1 focuses on bug fixes. Only Apple Watch Series 3 devices can get the watchOS 8.7.1 upgrade; those who have a better Apple Watch won’t really receive it. By selecting General > Software Update in the specialized Apple Watch application on the iPhone, users may get watchOS 8.7.1 for free.
The Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery life, be plugged into a charger, and be within range of the iPhone in order to install the new software. WatchOS 8.7.1 corrects a fault that might lead to an unexpected restart of the Apple Watch Series 3 for some users, according to Apple’s release notes for the update.
watchOS 8.7.1 Has Slight Improvements
Regarding the update’s security updates, Apple shared some information. The updates may have been aggressively exploited, according to reports, thus users are recommended to upgrade right away.
Because of a kernel vulnerability, an application could run whatever code it wanted with kernel privileges. Improved bounds checking was used to fix an out-of-bounds writing problem. reported by an unnamed researcher under the CVE-2022-32894 label.
One WebKit flaw allowed arbitrary code execution to results from web content that had been treated maliciously. Improved bounds checking was used to fix an out-of-bounds writing problem. The unidentified researcher reported the vulnerability under CVE-2022-32893 and under WebKit Bugzilla 243557.
The build number has increased from 19G71 to 19G82 for iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1. WatchOS 8.7.1’s build number has increased to 19U67 from 19U66.
In addition to new personalization options and multitasking features, Apple also unveiled iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9 at WWDC. The iOS 16 and watchOS 9 updates are anticipated to be released by Apple in September, while iPadOS 16 will follow later in the fall.