Apple is releasing watchOS 7.6.2 for all users one day before the “California Streaming” event. This release includes a critical security upgrade.
The current edition of watchOS 7.6.2 is 18U80, and Apple explains why it’s upgrading the Apple Watch operating system ahead of watchOS 8 in the release notes:
Available for: Apple Watch Series 3 and later
Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted PDF may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation.
This problem in CoreGraphics has been extensively abused, according to Apple, but it has now been resolved, and the update is available to Apple Watch Series 3 and subsequent customers.
Apple also released iOS 14.8 and macOS Big Sur 11.6 today.
Apple is anticipated to announce the release date of watchOS 8, the next major update to the Apple Watch operating system, tomorrow.
Apple will add the following capabilities to the Apple Watch in watchOS 8:
- There’s a new version of the Breathe app, now called Mindfulness;
- Respiratory rate is now measured during sleep tracking;
- Photos app overhauled with featured highlights and memories;
- Photos can now be shared from the watch with Messages and Mail on watchOS 8;
- Scribble now lets you include emoji in handwritten messages;
- App shelf in iMessage includes image search and quick access to photos;
- Find My now includes items (including AirTags);
- Weather includes next hour precipitation;
- Apple Watch can do multiple timers for the first time;
- Tips is now available on the Apple Watch;
- Music can be shared from Apple Watch over Messages.