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First Apple Watch software update boosts Workout and Siri skills

Apple has released the first software update for the Apple Watch, bringing early adopters a host of bug fixes and performance improvements.

The 51.6MB Watch OS 1.0.1 download features improvements to Siri, third party apps and accessibility, but mainly boosts the wearable’s activity tracking capabilities.

The software update is now better at measuring standing activity, calorie counting for indoor cycling and rowing, and finally the distance and pace during outdoor running and workouts.

Apple’s first Watch OS boost also features support for the new, multi-cultural emoji characters debuted in iOS 8.3 last month.

Elsewhere there’s also additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish.

To install the update, owners must make sure the Apple Watch is in Bluetooth range of the iPhone, is connected to the charger and at least half charged.

Naturally, it can be accessed over the air via the Software Update section of the Apple Watch companion app for iPhone.

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The update comes following Monday’s reports claiming the firm is already planning a raft of new features for this and future generations of the hardware. Apple is said to be planning to add a Find My Watch app, as well as sleep tracking software.

The Apple Watch is also set to become a primary input device for a brand new Apple TV set top box, according to reports.