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The last few hours have been rather busy for Apple, as it has rolled out updates for the operating systems that power the iPhones, iPads, iMacs and MacBooks, the Watch, and Apple TVs. These free updates are now available for users, who can download and install them on their Apple devices. We take a look at what is different in each.

iOS 9.2 for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch

This is the second major software update for the iOS 9 operating system, and includes more than 30 bug fixes, performance improvements and new features for some apps. This comes six weeks after iOS 9.1 was rolled out.

The bug fixes include solving issues that prevented manual iCloud backups from successfully completing, data not appearing in the Health app, incomplete week view in calendar and missing data from contacts. The alarm bug has been ironed out too—some users had complained that the alarms did not go off after the previous iOS update.

Apart from that, the Mail app now includes Mail Drop for large attachments, and the stability of the Safari web browser has been improved too. Anyone wanting to transfer images from a DSLR camera to the iPhone or iPad does not need to plug into a PC running iTunes anymore, with the adapter support now available.

Perhaps, the biggest set of updates have been reserved for the Apple Music service. Users can now create a new playlist when attempting to add an individual song to a playlist. Usability has been improved too, because the most recently modified playlist is now shown at the top of the list, making it easier to access the music you have just added. There are updates to the iCloud music library too.

The iOS 9.2 is available for iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th generation and newer, and the iPad 2 and newer.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 for iMacs and MacBooks

The latest software version for Apple’s computing devices focuses on stability and performance improvements, rather than new features.

The new OS X improves the reliability of the Wi-Fi, Handoff and AirDrop connectivity features. Bluetooth stability has been improved too, after some users had complained that accessories suddenly get disconnected without any user input. The Mail app will now be able to delete messages from an offline Exchange email account, something that was not happening so far. Also, the Mail upgrade bug has been ironed out.

There are also bug fixes for FaceTime and Messages, which was not allowing some users to sign in. iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos has been given a stability update, and Apple claims to be fixing errors which reared their ugly head while importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac through USB.

The latest OS X El Capitan can be downloaded on iMac (Mid-2007 or later), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008; 13-inch, Early 2009 or later; 12-inch, Early 2015), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later; 15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later; 17-inch, Late 2007 or later), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later), Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later) and Xserve (Early 2009).

WatchOS 2.1 for Apple Watch

The latest operating system for the wearable focuses on bug fixes, and adds support for more languages.

Apple says the latest update solves issues with Calendar updates, and also fixes an issue that caused the icons of third party apps to show incorrectly. There were instances when the time did not show up in the Power Reserve mode when running WatchOS 2.0.1, and that has been solved with the latest update.

The Apple Watch now gets support for Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese and Vietnamese languages. Voice assistant Siri can now understand Arabic too, and the Dictation feature also supports the newly added languages.

The update can be installed on all variants of the Apple Watch, through the Watch app on your iPhone.

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