Apple Seeds First watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 Betas to Developers

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Alongside the first iOS 10.1 beta and the first macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta, Apple has seeded new betas of watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 to developers, just over a week after the latter two operating systems were released.

On the Apple Watch, the software update can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone by going to General --> Software update.

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To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery, it must be on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone. watchOS 3 also requires an iPhone running iOS 10 to install.

On the Apple TV, installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Once a beta profile has been installed on the device through iTunes, new beta updates will be available over the air.

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It is not known what new features might be included in the watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 updates, but they are likely to include bug fixes for issues that have been discovered since the release of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

We'll update this post with any new features that are found in the two betas.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 14, Apple Watch 6

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52 months ago

Is this the one that stealth-enables the 2nd processor core on the Gen 1?

It enables a hidden headphone jack on the Apple Watch Edition (only).
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52 months ago
Is this the one that stealth-enables the 2nd processor core on the Gen 1?
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52 months ago

It enables a hidden headphone jack on the Apple Watch Edition (only).

Its on the other models as well. You have to remove the digital crown to expose the plug. :-)
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52 months ago

No, I'm serious!

I agree. 3rd-party apps load more quickly now. Some are so fast I had to double-check to see if they were in my Dock (and therefore resident in RAM). Nope.

There are still some stuttery transitions on my original issue Watch. But all in all: Impressive.
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52 months ago

WatchOS 3 stutters a bit more than OS 2 on my series 0. Hope they fix this.

WatchOS 3 is going to be built for the new hardware with increased processing power. If you want a buttery smooth experience, you'll need to upgrade.

Overall WatchOS 3 is decent enough for legacy watch owners. It's dramatically better than previous versions as Apple promised.
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52 months ago
tvOS 10.0 is a tad buggier than I had expected.
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