Apple releases watchOS 10.4 with Ghost Touch bug fix

by Julie Clover

Apple today released watchOS 10.4, the fourth update to the watchOS 10 operating system released in September. watchOS 10.4 comes a month after watchOS 10.3, a small update that introduced a new watch face.

‌‌watchOS 10‌‌‌.4 can be downloaded for free through the Apple Watch app on iPhone running iOS 17 or later by opening it and going to General & Software update. To install the new software, Apple Watch must have at least 50 percent battery charge and be placed on the charger.

watchOS 10.4 adds support for the new emoji characters that were also added to ‌ iPhone‌, including lime, edible brown mushroom, phoenix, broken chain, vertical head shake (as with nodding “yes”) and horizontal head shake (“no”).

There is also a setting to disable the dual feature taps on Apple Watch when using Vision Pro, and the ability to double-tap to display an enhanced notification. Apple also included a fix for a bug that could cause some users to experience “ghost touches” on the display, an issue that affected the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2.

Apple's update release notes are below:

Apple's update release notes are below:

watchOS 10.4 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:
– The “Tap to show full notification” setting now allows you to double-tap to expand the notification
– Apple Pay with AssistiveTouch Verification will require a passcode for added security and does not support double-tapping the side button.
– Fixes an issue that was causing some users to experience false touches on the display.
– Resolves an issue that prevented some users from syncing contacts with Apple Watch.

For information about the security of Apple software updates, visit this website: https://support.

Learn more about the features added to ‌watchOS 10‌ for today can be found in our dedicated review.

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