Apple Seeds First watchOS 8 Public Beta

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 8 update to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to experience the software ahead of its fall release.

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The watchOS 8 update can be downloaded after upgrading your iPhone to the public beta version of iOS 15. After installing iOS 15, the proper watchOS 8 profile from Apple's beta software website must also be installed.

The software can be accessed by going to General > Software Update in the Apple Watch app on ‌iPhone‌. To update, ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌.

watchOS 8, like iOS 15, introduces improvements to the Wallet app with support for driver's licenses and new types of keys for homes, cars, and hotels. The Home app lets you see who is at the door with HomeKit-enabled cameras, plus the Home app has been updated to make it easier to get to HomeKit accessories and scenes.

There are new Tai Chi and Pilates workout types, and the Breathe app has been renamed to Mindfulness because it has a new "Reflect" feature that gives you thoughtful notions to consider to for mindfulness purposes. A Portrait Watch Face pulls portrait photos from the ‌iPhone‌, and the Photos app has new ways to view and navigate photos collections.

There's a new Find My app for locating lost items and devices right from the wrist, and the Messages app now supports sending GIFs. There are tons of other new features in watchOS 8, with details available in our watchOS 8 roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

Robert.Walter Avatar
39 months ago

And feel free to skip it, because it is a huge nothing-burger of an update.
Good operative Maxim: Folks who say ‘nothing-burger” should be taken not seriously but possibly for observation… ? (maybe)
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fenderbass146 Avatar
39 months ago

Good operative Maxim: Folks who say ‘nothing-burger” should be taken not seriously but possibly for evaluation. .
Didn't your momma teach you if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all.
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Absolute Trainwreck Avatar
39 months ago

I don't use "Breath" and this feature nags me everytime. What a nonsensical concept. Especially when ending a workout and it nags me immediately after the workout to breath. Is it too stupid (with all that supposedly superior neural engine marketing crap) to detect, that I am on my way to the bathroom? And yes, my body breathes on its own.

And yet they add another magic thing that shall cover up the lack of useful health sensors on the apple watch: mindfulness. OMG. Stop it.

How about stop development of these cheap nonsense features and invest all your effort into
- 24h continuous blood pressure?
- 24h Body Temperature Monitoring
- Blood Oxygen at Sleep
- And someday maybe even Blood Glucose Monitoring?
“I myself don’t use these features so I demand that apple stops developing them instead of just turning them off in settings like a normal person”
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
enjoi52 Avatar
39 months ago

I demand innovation. My critique should be heard. ❄️ ❄️
LOL.
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fischersd Avatar
39 months ago
Find My won't load on AW3. Reported.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Absolute Trainwreck Avatar
39 months ago

I demand innovation. My critique should be heard. ❄️ ❄️
Right this way ? -> https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearables/smartwatches/
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)