Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 3.1.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth watchOS 3.1.1 beta and more than a month after releasing watchOS 3.1, the first update to the watchOS 3 operating system.

watchOS 3.1.1 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone. watchOS 3.1.1 requires an iPhone running iOS 10 to install.

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As a minor 3.1.x update, watchOS 3.1.1 seems to focus on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements, with no outward-facing changes discovered in the first four watchOS 3.1.1 betas. We'll update this post should any new features be discovered in the fifth watchOS 3.1.1 beta.

watchOS 3 completely overhauls the interface on the Apple Watch, introducing a dedicated app dock, instant launch apps, new watch faces, and new complication options. There are new Activity sharing features, a "Breathe" app guides users through deep breathing sessions to cut down on stress, and an SOS feature can automatically call emergency service.

For more details on what's new in watchOS 3, make sure to check out our watchOS 3 roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

swordfish5736 Avatar
74 months ago
Still thinking Apple could now add the watch and TV to a late phase public beta program.
Until the watch has a way to be DFU restored its not going to be a part of any public betas, currently if something goes wrong you have to ship it back to apple.

The appleTV is easier to restore but you still need a USB-C cable to connect it to a computer which may not be something everyone has.
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Robert.Walter Avatar
74 months ago
Still thinking Apple could now add the watch and TV to a late phase public beta program.
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