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Apple releases watchOS 5.3.2 for Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

What you need to know

  • Apple has released watchOS 5.3.2 for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2
  • Both watches will receive watchOS 6 at a later date
  • watchOS 6 is available now for Apple Watch Series 3, 4, and 5

While owners of the Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 Apple Watch enjoy watchOS 6, which was released last Thursday, owners of the Series 1 and Series 2 are still waiting for the software update. Reported by Macrumors, Apple has released watchOS 5.3.2, an incremental update, for the Series 1 and 2 today.

The update, as detailed by Apple's support document (opens in new tab), addresses a potential remote security vulnerabilty in the Apple Watch:

A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

The Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are slated to get watchOS 6, but Apple has not announced the date for when each device will receive the new software. The beta of watchOS 6.1 is already out, so Series 1 and Series 2 owners will potentially have to wait for the public release of 6.1 to get upgraded. Until then, owners should make sure to download and install today's update.

To find the update, users should check the dedicated Apple Watch app on their iPhone. In the app, tap on General > Software Update. In order to do the install, the Apple Watch always requires 50% battery, needs to be on the charger, and is required to be in range of the iPhone it is paired with.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • Hi Joe, Great news to hear that my Series 1 Apple Watch is getting some update “love” after what seems like a lifetime. I have checked my software update but sadly it says “watchOS 4.3.2 is up to date“. no mention of 5.3.2 at all. Just wondering if the update is region specific. All help appreciated.
  • Hey man! Are you sure you have a Series 1? If so, you should have been on watchOS 5 since it launched last year. If you are still on 4.3.2 it makes me wonder if you have the original Apple Watch or "Series 0".