Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers. Today, Apple seeded watchOS 6’s fifth beta, the software running on Apple Watch. The fresh beta emerges two weeks after the previous beta and more than a month after the Worldwide Developers Conference first unveiled Apple’s fresh watchOS update.
You will need the proper configuration profile to install the watchOS 6 beta, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded by going to General > Software Update using the iPhone’s dedicated Apple Watch app.
Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers
Installing the software requires a 50 percent battery from Apple Watch. It must also be placed on a charger and it must be in the iPhone range. WatchOS 6 is an important update offering a long list of new features. There’s an App Store right on the Apple Watch first and foremost, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.
Apple Watch apps no longer need an iPhone component, which means for the first time developers are able to create standalone Apple Watch apps. Apps can take advantage of fresh APIs so you can do stuff like follow up with a workout or listen to third-party music streaming.
Because Apple Watch apps are now independent of iPhone apps, you can now remove some built-in apps from the Apple Watch, a feature enabled in beta 3.
In watchOS 6, there are several new watch faces, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a gradient watch face that shifts over a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24-hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.
A new feature of the Taptic Chimes provides a silent touch on the wrist every hour, and you’ll hear an audible chime if the sound is turned on. You can also hold two fingers on the display of the Apple Watch to hear the loud spoken time.
There are new apps for Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator, as well as a new Noise app that warns you if you’re exposed to too loud sound and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Visible on the iPhone, Activity Trends are also accessible to track your fitness progress and ensure that your fitness charts are improving.
There are new complications for wind speed, rain chance, and the new Noise app, plus a Voice Memos complication to quickly record a memo, a complication of cell strength, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.
When asked a question, Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch, and Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts for Mac users.
WatchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models except for the original Apple Watch released in 2015 when it launches in the fall. Check out our watchOS 6 roundups for more on what’s new in watchOS 6.