Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 6.1 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1 beta to developers, a little under a week after releasing the watchOS 6 update with full App Store, new Apple Watch faces, and more.

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 features will be introduced in the watchOS 6.1 update, but we'll be updating this article when we find out.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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9 months ago
Hopefully it offers the ability to return to managing apps through the iPhone. It’s great to have a separate app store, but the larger screen is still the right place to find the apps in most cases.
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9 months ago
Please don’t forget about series 1&2 owners Apple!
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9 months ago
Can someone confirm watchOS 6.1 supporting Shortcuts or not? Thanks.
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9 months ago
So 13.1 for iOS is tomorrow. iPadOS 13.0 is tomorrow? WatchOS 6.1 is obviously a ways away and TVOS may come out tomorrow or on the 30th? MacOS is just "October"? This has all gotten very confusing suddenly.
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9 months ago
Support Series 1 & 2
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9 months ago


Hopefully it offers the ability to return to managing apps through the iPhone. It’s great to have a separate app store, but the larger screen is still the right place to find the apps in most cases.

Worth noting that you can still find apps for the watch on the iPhone App Store app. I wish it were still in the watch app, as that seems the logical place for it, but you can still find watch apps on the iPhone if need be.
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