Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of watchOS 8 to Developers [Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming one week after Apple released the seventh watchOS 8 beta.

watchOS 8 on Apple Watch feature
To install ‌watchOS 8‌, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software update.

To update to new software, an Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌iPhone‌‌. It's not recommended to install ‌watchOS 8‌ on a main Apple Watch as the software may be unstable at this early date.

watchOS 8 has several new features that are extensions of new features introduced in iOS 15. There are improvements to Wallet that allow it to hold keys for unlocking hotel, car, and home doors, plus Apple will let U.S. users add their IDs to Wallet later this year.

Apple overhauled the Home app, and for the Workout app, there are new Tai Chi and Pilates workout types, and the Breathe app has been renamed to Mindfulness thanks to a new Reflect session that invites users to get into a positive state of mind. When sleeping, the Apple Watch now measures respiratory rate.

Focus mode from iOS 15 syncs to the watch so users can stay on task, and in the Messages app, Scribble, dictation, and emojis can be combined within the same message, making it easier to communicate. Dictated text can be edited, and GIFs can be sent right from the watch.

There's a new Portrait watch face, and the Photos app has been updated with support for Memories and Featured ‌Photos‌. A new Find My app lets items be located right on the wrist, and there are also new updates for Music, Weather, Timers, and more, along with a new Contacts app.

Related Roundup: watchOS 9

Top Rated Comments

BarrettF77 Avatar
14 months ago
Where is the public beta the title says it‘s out and it is not. Do they even read before they hit post?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Johnny907 Avatar
14 months ago

If you're on a Series 4 (like me), this is shaping up to one he** of an upgrade: always on screen, blood oxygen monitor, larger screen, blood pressure monitor (?), double the storage, and significantly faster. I don't care about the redesign, but I'll take it.
Yeah as someone who went from the 4 to the 6 last year, Always On is some useless BS with more drawbacks than advantages.
1) The new screen is noticeably dimmer. I used to keep my watch at the middle brightness and didn't have any issues. The 6 is now at highest brightness yet still isn't as bright.

2) Always On is slower to refresh from static to active, and does so with this weird blurring effect I find annoying, than my Series 4 was from display off to on when triggered my lifting my wrist up to my eyes.

When I'm not looking at my watch face I don't really care what it is displaying, frankly. It may as well not exist as far as I am concerned, so Always On never really interested me in the first place. Because of this, and the above mentioned issues, I've kept it turned off since the second day of owning it. This has negated issue number 2 but not number 1, as whether I use the always on feature or not, because of the tech involved the screen will always be dimmer. Had I known this I would have stuck with my Series 4 one more year, frankly.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klzjr Avatar
14 months ago
Hopefully this update fixes the battery drain issue
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jaredwsmith Avatar
14 months ago

PB 7, not 8, just now appeared in BR.
Yep, PB7 = DB8. There was no public beta for DB5.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
julesme Avatar
14 months ago
If you're on a Series 4 (like me), this is shaping up to one he** of an upgrade: always on screen, blood oxygen monitor, larger screen, blood pressure monitor (?), double the storage, and significantly faster. I don't care about the redesign, but I'll take it.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Johnny907 Avatar
14 months ago
Battery drain with the previous beta was ridiculous. I always charge my watch before bed and wake up with the battery around 95-96%. With the last beta I'd wake up to the battery hovering around 76-77%. That's a problem.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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