The watchOS 4.1 software update for Apple Watch is now available for all customers after a short beta period for developers. This update brings full iCloud Music Library access to the Music app with support for streaming both Apple Music and Radio.
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Music on Apple Watch was previously limited to select playlists which had to be synced from the iPhone over Wi-Fi for standalone playback. watchOS 4.1 lets Apple Music subscribers view their full library of music for streaming over Wi-Fi and even cellular on Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.
watchSO 4.1 also includes a new Radio app for streaming Apple’s Internet radio stations including Beats 1, NPR, ESPN, and artist stations. Beats 1 is free to access while the other stations require an Apple Music subscription to stream over Wi-Fi or LTE.
Apple has also enabled GymKit support which lets Apple Watch pair with upcoming gym equipment for sharing workout data between devices (like heart rate from Apple Watch and incline from a treadmill) to give you the most accurate credit.
Upcoming GymKit partners include LifeFitness, Cybex. Matrix, TechnoGym, Schwinn, Star Trac, and StairMaster; stay tuned for specific hardware and fitness clubs with support to be announced.
There’s also a new Wi-Fi toggle in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. This lets you optionally choose to use cellular over Wi-Fi when you’re not connected to your iPhone. This is useful when Apple Watch tries to use a known Wi-Fi network that you don’t want to join. Simply toggle Wi-Fi off to switch to cellular when not paired to iPhone. (You can break the connection to iPhone anytime by turning off Bluetooth in Settings on iPhone.)
Apple already said a prior update to watchOS fixed the issue some reviewers experienced with cellular Apple Watches getting stuck on open Wi-Fi networks, and this new toggle adds an extra layer of control (at the expense of adding another toggle to the scrolling Control Center view).
Check out our hands-on videos with watchOS 4.1 from the beta period below: