Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the first watchOS 4.2 beta and a little under a week after releasing the watchOS 4.1 update.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.

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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 4.2 appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and security updates. No major outward-facing changes were found in the first beta, but should new features be found in the second beta, we'll update this post.

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Top Rated Comments

themick4u Avatar
55 months ago
Let's see if they bring back the most primary feature I've used on this series 0 watch....... Browse & initiate playback of iphone stored music libraries / playlists.


EDIT: After updating both iPhone and Watch to latest release this issue is still not addressed. I am giving up hope that this feature is gone and not coming back, sadly. I will not be buying any new Apple Watches in the future since this was a core feature of the watchOS for me. If I could roll back to WatchOS 3.x I would......
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dburges Avatar
55 months ago
I would just like some optimization tweaks to make my five month old Series 2 as responsive as it was with OS3!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pissedoffappleuser Avatar
55 months ago
Let's see if they bring back the most primary feature I've used on this series 0 watch....... Browse & initiate playback of iphone stored music libraries / playlists.


EDIT: After updating both iPhone and Watch to latest release this issue is still not addressed. I am giving up hope that this feature is gone and not coming back, sadly. I will not be buying any new Apple Watches in the future since this was a core feature of the watchOS for me. If I could roll back to WatchOS 3.x I would......
Couldn't agree more. Apple doesn't really seem to care about the actual user. The only reason I can see for taking away the feature is because they want to sell more Apple Music subscriptions. I won't be one of them. I buy vinyl and download the music. Apple couldn't care about people like me. They also don't realize how the ability to control the iphone music while driving was such a useful feature. I don't trust Apple anymore. What will they take away next? Maybe it will be the ability to tell time on the watch since that doesn't provide any revenue like streaming or apple pay. I'll be looking at Android phones and devices next time.
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