Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 4.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers for testing purposes, a week after releasing the second watchOS 4.1 beta and a month after releasing the new watchOS 4 operating system to the public.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4 beta 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 needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.


watchOS 4.1 brings support for streaming Apple Music content directly to the Apple Watch Series 3 over LTE and it introduces a new Radio app with access to Beats 1 and other Apple Music radio stations.

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The Music app on the watch looks the same, offering up access to the Music Library, recently played songs, playlists, and Apple Music mixes, but now all Apple Music content can be streamed over an LTE connection and doesn't need to be downloaded to the device. watchOS 4.1 also adds a new Wi-Fi toggle for turning off Wi-Fi to force the Apple Watch Series 3 to use LTE and it displays the Wi-Fi SSID so users can see the Wi-Fi Network an Apple Watch is connected to.

Support for Apple Music streaming appears to be the main feature in the new watchOS 4.1 update, but Apple is also introducing a range of new Unicode 10 emoji characters that include vomiting face, head exploding, mermaid, zombie, hedgehog, fairy, broccoli, and more.

watchOS 4 is a significant refresh of the watchOS operating system introducing new watch faces, including a personalized Siri face, improvements to the Workout app, support for integration with gym equipment, an Apple News app, a vertical Dock, and a new Flashlight feature in the Control Center.

For more on what's included in watchOS 4, check out our watchOS 4 roundup.

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17 months ago

waiting for this to launch officially so i can try out the cellular feature on my S3. I didn't want to waste a month of service.

You will enjoy it if you're like me. I just spent the week out of town and left my phone in the room everyday. Took/made a few phone calls, listened to music for hours, messages, etc. Fantastic.
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17 months ago
waiting for this to launch officially so i can try out the cellular feature on my S3. I didn't want to waste a month of service.
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17 months ago

It's not an official Apple band, looks a bit cheap and nasty. Annnnd, the fact that the top strap isn't in the centre of the connector in the pic puts my OCD into overdrive every time I see it :)

Damn you :D Now, I've seen it and it can't be unseen :D
Never noticed it before and now I always look at the strap that isn't centred...
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17 months ago

it only displays on the Series 3 LTE model


I wonder why that is? It seems that all Apple watch users would want to see what WiFi network they’re connected to.
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17 months ago
I’ve been so happy with the 4.1 beta so far. It’s incredible using such big features like having my entire iTunes library available on my watch! What a brilliant device. I even changed my cellular provider to make the most of my watch :) (sorry o2!)
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17 months ago
Really needing to upgrade my Series 0 as you can really notice the slow down since WatchOS 4
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