Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 4.3 to Developers [Updated]

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.


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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10 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.
Rating: 12 Votes
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10 months ago
CONTROLLING IPHONE MUSIC FROM WATCH MUSIC APP HAS RETURNED!!!

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

So pleased.
Rating: 12 Votes
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10 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
Rating: 4 Votes
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10 months ago
Workout app no longer has a lag when starting a workout.
Rating: 4 Votes
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10 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
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10 months ago
Added Portrait Nightstand mode (versus landscape prior, landscape is still there)
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10 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.
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10 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



iCloud Messaging isn't in this beta. I'm so pissed!
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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.


Yeah.. I don't care how they do it, but I'm sick and tired of deleting each message on the watch, one-by-one, with no less than three taps. GRRRRRR!!!!
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10 months ago

Its got a tricky name on the Watch: "Remote". ;)

Nope. That is iTunes Remote. I'm talking about Apple TV Remote. Nothing tricky. EXACTLY what I said. If you have a newer ATV with Siri, and you don't know about that app, you're missing out.
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10 months ago
Hey Apple,
Why can't we develop a @#$* watch face?!? It's things like this, apple ignoring what its customers actually WANT, that has driven me in the past year to, for the first time in my life, buy an android smartphone.
I bought the Apple Watch the day it first came out, and I stopped using it permanently about 2 weeks later. I'm rocking a nice Samsung Gear S3 now. 'cause guess what? I can develop watch faces for it, and make it actually do what **I** need it to do, rather than what apple THINKS i need it to do.

How long until I can no longer work how I want on my Mac?...
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