Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the sixth beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new beta comes a week after the fifth beta and more than a month after Apple first unveiled the new watchOS update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the 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 needs to be put on a charger and it has to be in range of the ‌iPhone‌.

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 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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Since Apple Watch apps are now independent of apps on the ‌iPhone‌, you can now remove some built-in apps from the Apple Watch, a feature that was enabled in beta 3.

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.

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Top Rated Comments

appleguy123 Avatar
19 months ago

I am on public beta of iOS 13 for iPhone. Since last iOS beta update, my Watch's battery, not on beta (unavailable), has been draining at night. I sleep with it on. I have installed no new Watch apps. Nothing has changed, except for iOS beta update on phone. No Watch apps have updated.
I see that iGeeksBlog has a link to install the beta profile for the Watch. I'm tempted to try this. Anyone else experiencing this, or try this beta?

It's some issue with iOS beta 5 that's causing this, not the watch. Same thing is happening on my iPhone 8+ with watch beta 5. <12 hours of battery life on my series 4. Hoping today's iOS update fixes the issue.
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Braderunner Avatar
19 months ago

Looks like you need to have WatchOS 6 beta 2 or higher if you plan on installing iOS13 Beta 6.
Failing to do so will prevent your watch from connecting to your phone.

I saw that in the Feedback app. I wonder if they will allow public beta testing for WatchOS 6, or at least warn public beta testers that their Watch won't work.
I hope they allow public beta testing for the watch! :rolleyes:
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mdatwood Avatar
19 months ago

Do you have a developer account? Or, did you install the beta profile from another site?

I have a developer account.
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rjohnstone Avatar
19 months ago

I saw that in the Feedback app. I wonder if they will allow public beta testing for WatchOS 6, or at least warn public beta testers that their Watch won't work.
I hope they allow public beta testing for the watch! :rolleyes:

Someone posted that Apple revised the warning. Anyone running WatchOS 5.3 will be fine.
The warning only applies to those running WatchOS 6 beta 1.

I don't see that reflected on the official release notes page.
https://developer.apple.com/documentation/watchos_release_notes/watchos_6_beta_6_release_notes



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Ansath Avatar
19 months ago
I'm not seeing the update. Has it been pulled?
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mdatwood Avatar
19 months ago

I am on public beta of iOS 13 for iPhone. Since last iOS beta update, my Watch's battery, not on beta (unavailable), has been draining at night. I sleep with it on. I have installed no new Watch apps. Nothing has changed, except for iOS beta update on phone. No Watch apps have updated.
I see that iGeeksBlog has a link to install the beta profile for the Watch. I'm tempted to try this. Anyone else experiencing this, or try this beta?

Same. I finally 'fixed' it by installing the WatchOS beta...
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