Apple Releases watchOS 2.2, Bringing Support for Pairing Multiple Apple Watches with a Single iPhone

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Apple has today released watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch, bringing with it new features and bug fixes.

In terms of new features, watchOS 2.2 introduces support for pairing multiple Apple Watches with a single iPhone; this feature requires both watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3 on the iPhone. Additionally, the native Maps app has gained support for the Nearby feature first introduced with iOS 9, and also now offers quicker access to directions to home and work.

Though these appear to be the main outward-facing changes in this release, there are also very likely to be a number of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements in watchOS 2.2.

Based on our testing of the betas which preceded this public release, it does not appear as though there are any accessibility-specific changes or improvements in watchOS 2.2. However, it is also worth noting that we did not identify any new accessibility bugs in this release.

As we always stress, it is impossible for us to test all apps and use cases. So, it is entirely possible that we have overlooked some changes, regressions, or improvements. With this in mind, we would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible. If you spot any accessibility-related changes in watchOS 2.2, please do let us know in the comments below.

watchOS 2.2 can be downloaded by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, choosing the My Watch tab, General, then Software Update.

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