Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update to developers, just two days after releasing watchOS 4.2.2, a minor update focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 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.

It's not yet clear what new features or improvements the watchOS 4.3 beta might introduce, but we'll update this post once we've installed the update and have had time to look for any new features.

Update: watchOS 4.3 introduces support for Nightstand mode when in portrait orientation, it includes a new charging animation when placing the Apple Watch on the charger, and it adds Activity information to the Siri watch face.

The update also includes the return of a much-desired feature that allows music playing on the iPhone to be controlled using the Music app on the Apple Watch. In prior versions of watchOS, the Music app could only be used to control music playing from the watch itself.

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Top Rated Comments

DNichter Avatar
80 months ago
I wish they would make a watch version of the Apple TV remote app. The watch has the potential to be the best remote for the ATV.
This exists already. I use it.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
80 months ago
CONTROLLING IPHONE MUSIC FROM WATCH MUSIC APP HAS RETURNED!!!

Yes, I’m shouting. Thank God, thank Apple.

So pleased.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Starship67 Avatar
80 months ago
CONTROLLING IPHONE MUSIC FROM WATCH MUSIC APP HAS RETURNED!!!

Yes, I’m shouting. Thank God, thank Apple.

So pleased.
Ya beat me to it was just gonna post this.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dan9700 Avatar
80 months ago
I doubt it but I pray pray pray iCloud messaging works on Apple Watch so annoying always having to delete on the watch to, but the iCloud says just iPhone iPad and Mac so doubt it :( wonder whats new tho
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bamf-hacker Avatar
80 months ago
Workout app no longer has a lag when starting a workout.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
christian.terra Avatar
80 months ago
Why cant they find a way to delete all messages on apple watch if they cant do icloud messaging then force touch and delete all its so frustrating deleting each txt one by one
The Watch doesn't need iCloud messages . All it needs to do is just sync back and forth with the iPhone (which does sync with iCloud) and I am not sure how that has not been a feature sine day 1. Very frustrating.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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