Apple released watchOS 10.1 last month, and owners of Apple Watches have been experiencing battery depletion. A software update is reportedly in the works to fix the problem. Following updates to the latest firmware version, owners of a variety of watch models—including the latest version of the Apple Watch Ultra 2—have reported experiencing quick battery depletion. When the bug fix, which is supposed to cure the issue, will be applied to models that are currently supported is unknown.
The company has confirmed to Apple Authorised Service providers that it is aware of a battery drain issue that is affecting users of Apple Watches, according to a MacRumors report that cites various sources. The company claims that a watchOS 10 software update will resolve the issue. According to reports, Apple indicates in the memo that the fix is “coming soon,” but it doesn’t say when the update will be made available.
Furthermore, according to India Today, it’s likely that the Apple Watch’s battery depletion problem impacts a wide range of users, from those using the latest models—the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2—to those using older models—the Apple Watch Series 4.
Apple WatchOS 10.1 Update Issues: Overheating and Battery Drain Frustration
Many people who installed and downloaded the October watchOS 10.1 update have taken to Reddit, X (formerly known as Twitter), and the company support community website of the company for assistance. Owners of several currently supported models, including the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra that was introduced at the company’s September launch event, seem to be impacted by the defect based on the posts that describe it.
In the meanwhile, a frustrated Apple user posted on the Apple Support Forums, saying, “My one-week-old-watch was fine until I let it update to 10.1 last night. It immediately got super hot and the battery drained from 98 percent to 20 percent in about 30 min. I can’t get it to charge because it stays overheated. I’ve rebooted, reset to the factory and disabled a ton of features and nothing helps. It won’t charge beyond 30 percent.”
Series 7 Apple Watch. After the 10.1 update, my battery only lasted a few hours. I can watch the percentage go down. Rebooted the watch. Shut off the background app refresh after being advised by a friend. Still drains ridiculously fast,” reportedly wrote another user.