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iOS 10.1 fixes pairing between iPhone 7 and these Android Wear watches

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Having trouble connecting your Android Wear smartwatch to your iPhone 7 (opens in new tab)? A simple iOS update may solve your problem.

Released to the general public today, iOS 10.1 (opens in new tab) not only adds a few new features, but fixes an issue where the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (opens in new tab) couldn't connect to certain Android Wear (opens in new tab) devices. 

Google announced the fix on its Android Wear Forum: "We have been working with Apple and we can confirm that this issue is fixed in iOS 10.1."

Previously, Apple's new mobile OS had pairing issues (opens in new tab) with some third-party Bluetooth accessories, including smartwatches like the Asus ZenWatch 2 (opens in new tab), Moto 360 2nd Gen (opens in new tab), Moto 360 Sport (opens in new tab), TAG Heuer Connected (opens in new tab) and Fossil Q Founder (opens in new tab).

The Android Wear team caught wind of the issue last month, and it looks like its persistence to fix the problem paid off. 

The fix is in

While Google-powered Android Wear devices are designed more with Android handsets in mind, certain models can still connect to an iPhone. 

When connected on a non-Android phone, basic functionalities like notifications and music controls still work, but there are certain limitations, such as lack of support for apps not approved by Apple.

Anyone interested in iOS 10.1, be it for the fixed connectivity or the brand-new Portrait camera mode (opens in new tab), can download and install it today by following "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update" on their mobile device.

Parker Wilhelm is a freelance writer for TechRadar. He likes to tinker in Photoshop and talk people's ears off about Persona 4.