watchOS 9.6 Issues, Bugs Fixed, Security Updates & More

watchos 9.6 update

watchOS 9.6 update

watchOS 9.6 build number 20U73 has been released for Apple Watch 4 and later! It’s an important update that brings bug fixes and lots of security improvements! Ongoing issues and new problems are also tracked here!

watchOS 9.6 Issues

New problems and unaddressed bugs along with available workarounds are tracked here:

  • 1. Raise to wake not working after 9.6 update for aIontje
    Potential fix: Reboot Apple Watch.
  • 2. Notifications not working, delayed for dragonXattack. Are you experiencing the same?
  • 3. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

watchOS 9.6 Security Updates

watchOS 9.6 security updates
Apple lists 20 security fixes in the security content of this update.

The list includes vulnerability of: Apple Neural Engine, Find My, Kernel, libxpc, NSURLSession, WebKit and WebKit Web Inspector patches.

The problems have been solved with improved checks, restrictions, validation, state and memory management.

watchOS 9.6 Bug Fixes

Here we track the issues addressed in this update:

  • 1. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

watchOS 9.6 Features

According to the release notes, this update focuses on significant bug and security fixes. Apple does not announce any new additions. However, changes spotted are tracked here:

  • 1. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

watchOS 9.6 Download

As usual, this release is available, over-the-air directly on your wrist on in the Watch app on the paired iPhone:

  • 1. Browse the My Watch tab and go for General -> Software Update.
  • 2. Tap Download and Install when 9.6 comes up!
  • 3. Provide iPhone Passcode to authenticate.
  • 4. Be patient until the new software is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed on your device!

Have you installed version 9.6 on Apple Watch? Experiencing any other changes, fixes or issues not mentioned in this article? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: Apple has also released iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, tvOS 16.6 and HomePod 16.6.