WatchOS 4.2 update brings support for Apple Pay Cash and more

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It's all pretty straightforward stuff, but let's just quickly break down the difference between Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash, for those who aren't quite sure.

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech https://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/News/Later-iPhone-X-Release-Hurts-Apple-Share reveals that "in the three months ending October 2017, iOS share fell in key markets, making clear the impact of the flagship iPhone X not being available to buy in the month of October".

Beginning December 5, Apple customers in the United States can use Apple Pay to send and receive money with friends and family quickly, easily and securely.

Apple Pay Cash goes live in the U.S. for Apple Watch users in the United States. The feature is only available for US users as of now.

To make this work, one needs to pair the Apple Watch with iPad or iPhone running on the latest iOS 11.2 operating system. Although Apple Pay Cash users may find the Apple P2P service very convenient to use through iMessages, Venmo has a significant earlier-to-market lead, has already captured millions of users and will deliver transactions regardless of the sender's or the recipient's device operating system. An important thing to note here is that while debit card transfers are free, transferring funds through a credit card attract a 3 percent fee.

The release is identified as Build 15S102.

Users can manually update their Apple Watches by keeping their iPhones in proximity and launching the Watch app and go to the My Watch tab and then General Software Update. It also resolves the issue where simultaneous alarms and timers couldn't be dismissed independently, apart from fixing an issue where scrolling was disabled in Heart Rate. Enter the Watch passcode if prompted and then follow the prompts from your iPhone.

Resolves an issue where Apple Watch would sometimes restart when asking Siri about the weather.

The feature was first supported in the iOS 11.2 beta 2 but was not ready by the time the final iOS 11.2 rolled out a few days ago.

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