Apple Releases watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1

Apple is updating its platforms today, including the software for watchOS and tvOS.

Apple today released watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1 to the public. To update your smartwatch, you will need to make sure that the device has at least 50 percent battery life, is connected to its charger, and connected to your iPhone as well. You’ll then need to go into the Watch app on your iOS device, open Settings and General, then “Software Update”. Simply follow the instructions from then on to update your smartwatch.

As far as what’s new in watchOS 5.1, there is quite a bit. The new software includes support for the 70 new emoji being added to the mix, including faces with curly hair, red hair, and a variety of other options. The new software also includes the option to have a watch face of a single color, like red or blue. watchOS 5.1 also brings support for Group FaceTime, but only in audio. That means you will be able to join in a group conversation on FaceTime, which supports up to 32 people, but you’ll have audio-only, with no video support.

Meanwhile, tvOS 12.1 is not so jam-packed with new features. To update, head into the Settings app, then select System and then Software Update. If you already have automatic updates turned on, the set-top box should download and install the newest software in the background so you don’t have to do anything directly.

At the time of publication, it is not known what is actually new in tvOS 12.1. It is likely that there might not be any major new features being added to the mix, but that Apple is primarily focused on software improvements in the background, and squashing any persistent bugs or issues that have cropped up.

tvOS 12.1 is a free update to the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV units.