iOS 12.1.1 sounds like a small issue for bug fixes and performance improvements, but the upcoming software update is a bit more interesting than just back-up maintenance. FaceTime has two notable improvements to changes made to iOS 12 and iOS 12.1 as we discovered yesterday, and now the Watch app is managing the Apple Apple watches a generation upgrade.
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Starting with iOS 12.1.1 currently in its first developer beta version, the Watch app on iPhone has a small tweaked icon showing the new Apple Watch Series 4. Before this change the Watch app icon has always shown the original Apple Watch.
The reason for the change now is likely because Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first major redesign of the product. The new design is most noteworthy for the new case sizes and larger screens, but the page profile on which the Watch app icon is based is also modified.
The new icon shows the higher and slightly thinner Apple Watch with the changed Digital Crown and Sidebutton. The easiest way to know which icon is new and old is from the mark on Digital Crown. The old version is filled while the new version only has a ring.
Stainless steel and gold versions of the original Apple Watch had black, red, white and blue hats on Digital Crown while the aluminum models had not had. Apple Watch Series 4 has a black ring on GPS models and a red ring on GPS + LTE models.
Here's another look at the change between iOS 12.1 (the current version) and iOS 12.1.1 (soon):
The Watch app, originally labeled the Apple Watch app, is used to pair and manage connected Apple watches that require an iPhone for setup and updates. watchOS 5, the current version of the Apple Watch software, actually does not support original hardware, although Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 are still supported and have the original design.
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