Apple released the fourth major update to the Apple Watch operating system, watchOS 7.4.
When paired with iPhone running iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4 brings a new “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature. As Face ID does not work with a face mask on, you’re required to enter the passcode to unlock your iPhone. Now, with the new Apple Watch unlock feature enabled, you can unlock your iPhone with Face ID and Apple Watch together. It requires an unlocked Apple Watch paired with Face ID under “Face ID & Passcode” in the Settings app. While you don’t have to take off your mask, your eyes should still be visible for Face ID to work in conjunction with the Apple Watch.
The unlock feature doesn’t work when making payment or purchase on the App Store, though. You’ll still be required to authenticate using Face ID or Passcode.
watchOS 7.4 provides users with an option to choose Bluetooth device type in settings to correctly identify audio notifications. The update introduces AirPlay 2 for Apple Fitness Plus. The fitness service subscribers can now stream workout videos to an AirPlay 2-enabled TV or device. It also brings ECG support and irregular heart rhythm notifications in Australia and Vietnam.
The watchOS 7.4 update can be downloaded through the Watch app on the iPhone. Tap on General, and then to Software Update. Your watch must have at least 50 percent battery, should be placed on a charger, and needs to be in range with the iPhone to install the new software.