Apple Watch Series 7 Fast Charge breaks with watchOS 8.5 Update, some users say

The watchOS 8.5 update that was released last week for the Apple Watch is thought to break fast charging support. The update had brought the ability to authorize Apple TV purchases and subscriptions directly from the wrists of users. Users could also use audio hints in Fitness + with audio commentary of visually demonstrated movements during workouts after the update. But recent reports point to Apple Watch Series 7 users confirming that the watchOS 8.5 seems to break support for fast charging – a feature that was exclusive to the Apple Watch Series 7.

As noted in a 9to5Mac report, after the watchOS 8.5 update, the Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging no longer seems to work for some users. A number of affected Apple Watch Series 7 users have taken to Apple’s support forums and Reddit to share how the fast charging support has slowed down since updating to watchOS 8.5.

A user on Reddit said: “Since updating to 8.5, my series 6 has only cost about 49 percent overnight. Tried to shut down and restart. Do not go. I hope there is an update. Very frustrating. Another user said : “Well, mine seems to load about half as fast as it was prior to updating, maybe … the night before the update I got 40 percent in 15min, 20 percent -60 percent and then after 90 percent in another 15min. After updating to 8.5 I got 40 percent in about 30min 52 percent -92 percent. But maybe slow it down because it’s at the higher end of the charge? I think I should run it to 20 percent. It seems to load pretty fast though. I mean, it’s acceptable nonetheless. Did you restart the watch and try again? “

Apple’s latest watchOS release had updated irregular rhythm notifications designed to improve atrial fibrillation identification. The watchOS 8.5 release also includes a list of patches detailed on the security updates page. Users with watchOS 8.5 also got a new tool to allow users to repair their Apple Watch wirelessly. Previously, users had to visit a service center to repair the firmware on the Apple Watch in case of an unresolved issue.

As mentioned earlier, the update also added the ability to authorize Apple TV purchases and subscriptions directly from the wrists of users. Users could also use audio hints in Fitness + with audio commentary of visually demonstrated movements during workouts after the update.


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Jasmin Jose

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