Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 3.2 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 3.2 beta and nearly a month after the release of watchOS 3.1.3, the current public version of the operating system.

The watchOS 3.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update after installing the proper configuration profile on the iPhone. 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.

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watchOS 3.2 requires an iPhone running iOS 10 to install and will only be available to developers. Apple does not make watchOS betas available to the public as there is no way to downgrade the software on an Apple Watch.

watchOS 3.2 includes a "Theater Mode" designed to let customers quickly mute the sound on the Apple Watch and disable Raise to Wake, preventing the screen from lighting up with arm movement.

Theater Mode, originally introduced in watchOS 3.1.3, is being made available in watchOS 3.2. Customers are still able to receive haptic feedback-based notifications, and information can be viewed by either tapping the screen or pressing down on the Digital Crown.

watchOS 3.2 also brings SiriKit to the Apple Watch, allowing customers to ask Siri to do things like send messages, send payments, book a ride, log a workout, make a call, or search through photos. SiriKit has been available on iOS devices since the release of iOS 10, but is new to the Apple Watch.

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47 months ago

So Apple somehow prioritises "Theater Mode" over supporting multiple playlists being transferred to the watch? It is supposed to be an exercise device yet I can't listen to the music I want to. #ridiculous

For me, i made a new Playlist, "Apple Watch music" and just added all the songs that i like to that playlist and then sync it to Apple Watch. Not the best solution but it works for me.
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47 months ago
I would like to see my iMessages synced with my Phone. It's tiresome to go in and delete iMessages from my Watch one by one.
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47 months ago

Adjusting the display brightness from the Digital Crown to barely dim is available only on Series 2. Otherwise, to adjust the brightness on a Series 1 or the first Generation Watch is only available to do so through Settings->Brightness.

Bizarre that's locked to series 2 watches only. I wonder what's preventing it.
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47 months ago

Of note to theatre mode, the current watchOS already has a function to view the display by very gradually increasing the brightness from off to barely visible using the Digital Crown. With the haptic feedback, the gradual on could allow for very discrete Watch checks in a dark environment...

Adjusting the display brightness from the Digital Crown to barely dim is available only on Series 2. Otherwise, to adjust the brightness on a Series 1 or the first Generation Watch is only available to do so through Settings->Brightness.
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47 months ago

Bizarre that's locked to series 2 watches only. I wonder what's preventing it.

I'm not entirely sure why either. It could because The Series 2 has twice the brightness that of the first Gen Watch/Series 1 (1,000 Nits compared to 350 Nits). Apple might have allowed a short cut for the brightness to be adjusted for this specific advantage over the other two Watches.
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