Apple is currently distributing the Release Candidate version of watchOS 8 to all developers, after the “California Streaming” event when the new Apple Watch Series 7 was introduced. Here’s all you need to know about the new Apple Watch operating system.
The current build is 19R346. Public beta testers will have to wait a little longer for the RC version to be released. The beta program for watchOS 8 began on June 30 with version 2.
All developers will receive iOS 15 RC, tvOS 15 RC, and HomePod 15 RC from Apple. MacOS Monterey beta 6 was also released recently by the firm.
Apple released a new Weather icon in watchOS 8 beta 5, which is also present in today’s beta.
Apple introduced the new ‘Portraits’ Watch Face with watchOS 8 beta 2, which is one of the numerous features available in the forthcoming Apple Watch operating system. Apple, on the other hand, simply corrected issues in beta 3 and improved the overall experience.
For example, watchOS 8 offers new built-in applications that take advantage of the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6’s always-on display. Developers now have a new option to take use of the always-on display.
Here’s what else is new in watchOS 8, which will be released this fall:
- There’s a new version of the Breathe app, now called Mindfulness;
- Respiratory rate is now measured during sleep tracking;
- Photos app overhauled with featured highlights and memories;
- Photos can now be shared from the watch with Messages and Mail on watchOS 8;
- Scribble now lets you include emoji in handwritten messages;
- App shelf in iMessage includes image search and quick access to photos;
- Find My now includes items (including AirTags);
- Weather includes next hour precipitation;
- Apple Watch can do multiple timers for the first time;
- Tips is now available on the Apple Watch;
- Music can be shared from Apple Watch over Messages.
Apple issued watchOS 7.6.1 to all users around a month ago, containing “critical security upgrades” for Apple Watch.