Apple Providing watchOS 6 Beta to Select AppleSeed Members

Apple today started offering the watchOS 6 beta to select AppleSeed members, allowing some non-developers to test the software for the first time.

AppleSeed is a version of the public beta testing program that's invite only, making it more selective and limited than the open betas that are provided to all public beta testers. As AppleInsider notes, some AppleSeed members are now receiving invites for watchOS 6.

watchOS 6

We are extending you an exclusive invitation to join the AppleSeed Program and to take part in shaping watchOS 6. As a participant, you'll get to test-drive pre-release software and provide your feedback.

Our program also includes a community discussion board, questionnaires, and a Feedback Assistant application that lets you report any quality and usability issues you find, directly to Apple. Help us improve the quality of our next release and join today.

There's no way to apply to be an AppleSeed member, so the watchOS 6 beta made available to AppleSeed participants will be limited in scale. Apple does not provide traditional watchOS public betas because there's no way to downgrade the software installed on the Apple Watch. Most people will need to wait for the fall release of watchOS 6 to give the software a try.

The watchOS 6 update brings a new App Store to the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps right on your wrist. Apple Watch apps are also no longer required to have an iPhone component, so developers can now create standalone Apple Watch apps.

watchos6appstore
There are quite a few 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.

watchos6ewatchfaces
watchOS 6 also includes new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that could damage your hearing and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the ‌iPhone‌, is a new feature that lets you chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.

watchosnoise
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.

For more on what's new in watchOS 6, which is going to launch this fall, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 7
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
Related Forum: Apple Watch

Top Rated Comments

Braderunner Avatar
38 months ago
like the song says – all this "wearable" – are complete and total bullshhhhhh...

(also the touch bar)

here's proof:
I mean....whatever that guy says is obviously fact. I'm throwing my Watch in the trash.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDento Avatar
38 months ago
Secret societies! How can I be one of those, I shall sell my souls to whom?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
38 months ago
like the song says – all this "wearable" – are complete and total bullshhhhhh...

(also the touch bar)

here's proof:
Tell us why you feel that way. We're waiting.
[doublepost=1561410492][/doublepost]
Love my AW3 too, really love it, but idk why we don't have option to keep it always on while working out, it should be our decision.
Lift your wrist and the display lights up. Why waste battery power when you aren't looking at the watch? Seems totally logically to me.

Maybe, instead, you want them to tweak *when* it triggers the screen to come on?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joemama2300 Avatar
38 months ago
Can we just get a "Delete all" option for Text messages on the Watch?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Solver Avatar
38 months ago
Appleseed membership seems to be picked from people that have provided Apple with official bug reports.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
38 months ago
There isn't... which boggles my mind, given how they push it as a fitness device. It was basically the only thing I wanted in the new OS.

I love my Apple Watch, but watchOS 6 is overwhelmingly underwhelming.
Ridiculous idea in practice cause if you’re really working out you’d not have more than a brief few moments to look at the watch:

Running: 100m (fastest personal time 10.45sec! Guess how many times I’d look at my wrist during the run?! Not once the goal line is we’re my eyes are focused on, or my stride nothing else.

110m hurdles (personal best 12.05). Every hurdle is my focus, along with how fast my foot can get back to the floor for every precious .10th of a second and watching no ****** puts his foot over mine and pulls my foot down faster than I can and forces me not only to trip but twist and break my ankle! I sprained an ankle not knowing about this!

Long distance running: something I ne’er trained for you may get several occasional glances to help focus on. Stride, time or breathing but again not your terrain or other data while running. Pulls your focus.

Weight lifting, body building and CrossFit again you’re lifting weight and moving looking at your wrist is in between sets and reps and for me I adjust specifics then back at it.

Rowing, skiing swimming ... what workout do you really need to have battery wasted with the screen always on that boggles your mind where you’re going to be looking at it so often? Or are you just asking for something because you want it without considering how practical or useful in real world practice it really is.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
anker 563 dock ports

Anker's Latest USB-C Docking Station Brings Triple-Display Support to M1 Macs

Wednesday May 18, 2022 7:06 am PDT by
While Apple's early M1-based Macs can only officially support a single external display, there are ways around the limitation. Anker is launching a new 10-in-1 USB-C docking station today which delivers just that. The Anker 563 USB-C dock includes two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort port, and it leverages DisplayLink to carry multiple video signals over a single connection. Given that this hub...
apple data auction iphone privacy ad

Apple Highlights iPhone's Latest Privacy Features in New 'Data Auction' Ad

Wednesday May 18, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new ad highlighting iPhone privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that are designed to give users more transparency and control when it comes to their personal data being collected. The ad revolves around a young woman named Ellie who discovers that her personal data is being sold at an auction house, with bids being placed on her...
Prosser Series 8 3

Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature New Design With Flat Display

Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:21 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 8 could feature an all-new design with a flat display, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In his latest video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Jon Prosser highlighted information from ShrimpApplePro that suggests the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a flat display in what seems to be a design originally rumored for the Apple Watch Series 7. ...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple's AR/VR Headset Nearing Completion as Board Gets Demo

Thursday May 19, 2022 9:52 am PDT by
Apple last week demonstrated its upcoming AR/VR headset to Apple board members, indicating that the device is in an advanced stage of development and could see a debut in the not too distant future, reports Bloomberg. Apple has also ramped up development of the software that runs on the headset, with that software expected to be called "RealityOS," or rOS for short. Render via designer Ian ...