Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 3.1.3 update to developers for testing purposes, three weeks after releasing the first watchOS 3.1.3 beta and four months after the launch of watchOS 3.
watchOS 3.1.3 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 3.1.3 requires an iPhone running iOS 10 to install.
We don't know yet what new features or bug fixes might be included in the watchOS 3.1.3 update, but no outward-facing changes were found in the first beta. watchOS betas are often rather minor in scale, focusing on small bug fixes and performance improvements rather than major interface changes.
The second watchOS 3.1.3 beta comes after Apple pulled the watchOS 3.1.1 release after it was found to be bricking some Apple Watch Series 2 devices. Apple has not re-released an updated version of watchOS 3.1.1 that fixes the bug, so many users are still running watchOS 3.1.
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I never said anything about wanting to be the CEO of Apple. Besides, the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company should have little to nothing to do with the quality control of software updates aside from getting a briefing on the situation from the person on their executive team that's in charge of that aspect of the business. Now, if the quality control keeps being lousy, then it's the CEO's responsibility to help oversee a change that will get the ship going in the right direction again.
If you truly have about 50 people on your ignore list, why in the world do you continue reading these forums? It sounds like visiting these forums agitates you more often than not. I only come here because I enjoy reading different perspectives on the latest goings on in Cupertino and occasionally participating in the discussion. I didn't even know that this site had an "ignore" feature until reading your post.
[doublepost=1483990260][/doublepost] Very good assumption. The brilliance here continues to astound me.
Oh, and I have 3.1.1 on my Series 2 Watch and it works fine.
A few rough things here:
-It was very strange for Apple twice to accuse me of causing it to happen. They weren't even open to the thought that the update could have done it, just said flat out that it wasn't possible (although it seemed to be widespread enough that they pulled the update)
-The experience in trying to get support or replacement for the watch is quite bad compared to other products. For something so small, why not keep some on hand at apple stores to swap out, just like iPhones or iPads?
-If one doesn't have Apple Care +, or even worse, has an original watch out of warranty, they were out of luck, due to a faulty update. I didn't follow afterwards, but initially those users couldn't get anything done other than paying for a replacement watch out of warranty, for something which was caused by an apple update.
We do know that there is the diagnostic port that is not user accessible. Would be nice even for the stores to have tools to connect to it and be able to do a restore like you could on an iPhone.
[doublepost=1483987945][/doublepost] That's the weird thing right. I get that they might just want to brush their 3.1.1 mistake under the rug, but what happened to 3.1.2? Unless there was already a 3.1.2 internally that had to be scrapped as it was found to cause the same issues?