Apple this morning released the second beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The second beta comes two weeks after Apple first unveiled the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 6 beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update.

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Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the ‌iPhone‌. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 6 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

watchOS 6 is a major update that offers up a long list of new features. First and foremost, there's an App Store right on the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.

Apple Watch apps no longer need to have an ‌iPhone‌ component, which means developers can create standalone Apple Watch apps for the first time. Apps are also able to take advantage of new APIs so you'll be able to do things like follow along with a workout or listen to streaming music from third-party services.

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There are several new watch faces in watchOS 6, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a Gradient watch face that shifts over the course of a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24 hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.

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A new Taptic Chimes feature provides a silent touch on the wrist at every hour, and if sound is turned on, you'll hear an audible chime. You can also hold two fingers on the Apple Watch's display to hear the time spoken out loud.

There are new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that's too loud and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the ‌iPhone‌, are also available to chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.

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New complications are available for wind speed, chance of rain, and the new Noise app, plus there's a Voice Memos complication for recording a memo quickly, a cellular strength complication, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.

Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch when asked a question, and for Mac users, the Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts.

When it launches in the fall, watchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, released in 2015. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

What's new in watchOS 6: According to Apple's release notes, the Downtime feature in Screen Time now syncs to the Apple Watch.

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Top Rated Comments

johnyslats Avatar
65 months ago
Be interested in views on stability.... been a beta tester forever but always wary of watchOS as no rollback
Totally get that. Beta 1 was actually very stable. Had a couple of UI glitches that appear to have been fixed. Battery life was of course atrocious (but that's beta 1 for you), so will see if this has improved.

Can anyone confirm the beta 2 version? I have 6.0(17R55071).
really interested in that too
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MrGimper Avatar
65 months ago
Totally get that. Beta 1 was actually very stable. Had a couple of UI glitches that appear to have been fixed. Battery life was of course atrocious (but that's beta 1 for you), so will see if this has improved.




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Please feed back on battery on the S4 and I'll consider installing it :)
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johnyslats Avatar
65 months ago
Is this the same beta profile or there’s a new one?
Same
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Defender2010 Avatar
65 months ago
It’s working really smooth on my series 4. I’ll wear it all day tomorrow and see how the battery life is.
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johnyslats Avatar
65 months ago
Took an awfully long time for the apple logo to disappear after updating. Thought it was well and truly bricked!
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hsotnicam8002 Avatar
65 months ago
Can anyone confirm the beta 2 version? I have 6.0(17R55071).
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