Apple today seeded the golden master version of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new update comes two weeks after the ninth beta and over three months 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. The golden master version of watchOS 6 represents the final version of the software that will be released to the public.

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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 on September 19, watchOS 6 will be available on the Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models. It will come out for Series 1 and Series 2 models later this year. 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

Dwood1970 Avatar
60 months ago
I’m running iOS 13 GM and have a S4 watch - from what I have read in regards to 13.1 at least is that the face does not show in the Watch app on iPhone but can be added on the watch by pressing firmly on screen and adding there.
That’s exactly right. I’ve added the meridian and the new Nike faces directly from then watch but they haven’t shown on the watch app on the phone.
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confirmed Avatar
60 months ago
Footnote on https://www.apple.com/watchos/watchos-6/:

“** watchOS 6 will be available for Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 later this fall.”

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ghostface147 Avatar
60 months ago
This requires iOS 13. Considering the sorry state iOS 13 GM is in (mail issues), no thanks. I'll wait until 13.1 is released to the public to install both.
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boxermansr Avatar
60 months ago
anyone have the build number for the gm ?

thanks
17R575

Took 40 minutes to download (Series 4) at 1.3 GB from Beta 9. Once it got to "installing" took literally 2 minutes to finish. Already booted back up.
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jhfenton Avatar
60 months ago
How’s the battery life on series 4? People wrote it was shorter than on watchOS 5.
The battery life on the most recent beta 9 has been great on my Series 4. I don't have solid benchmarks, but it definitely seems more efficient during GPS workouts.
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boxermansr Avatar
60 months ago
Still not seeing the Meridian Watch face with the GM build of watchOS installed. Do I need GM Of iOS 13.1 too?
I’m running iOS 13 GM and have a S4 watch - from what I have read in regards to 13.1 at least is that the face does not show in the Watch app on iPhone but can be added on the watch by pressing firmly on screen and adding there.
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