Apple Providing watchOS 6 Beta to Select AppleSeed Members

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    Apple today started offering the watchOS 6 beta to select AppleSeed members, allowing some non-developers to test the software for the first time.

    AppleSeed is a version of the public beta testing program that's invite only, making it more selective and limited than the open betas that are provided to all public beta testers. As AppleInsider notes, some AppleSeed members are now receiving invites for watchOS 6.

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    There's no way to apply to be an AppleSeed member, so the watchOS 6 beta made available to AppleSeed participants will be limited in scale. Apple does not provide traditional watchOS public betas because there's no way to downgrade the software installed on the Apple Watch. Most people will need to wait for the fall release of watchOS 6 to give the software a try.

    The watchOS 6 update brings a new App Store to the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps right on your wrist. Apple Watch apps are also no longer required to have an iPhone component, so developers can now create standalone Apple Watch apps.

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    There are quite a few 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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    watchOS 6 also includes new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that could damage your hearing and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the iPhone, is a new feature that lets you 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.

    For more on what's new in watchOS 6, which is going to launch this fall, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

    Article Link: Apple Providing watchOS 6 Beta to Select AppleSeed Members
     
  2. Solver macrumors 6502a

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    Appleseed membership seems to be picked from people that have provided Apple with official bug reports.
     
  3. iDento macrumors 6502

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    Secret societies! How can I be one of those, I shall sell my souls to whom?
     
  4. sparkinstx macrumors newbie

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    How about some new precise (pointed) watch hands that don't look like hot dogs?
     
  5. ersan191 macrumors 65816

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    Wonder if it's more stable than normal - Apple has never made watchOS betas available to non-developers.
     
  6. Alphazoid macrumors 6502a

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    Got invited...don't have an Apple watch though. Sorry Apple *shrug*
     
  7. grahamwright1 macrumors regular

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    "They say" that it's very stable (but a bit slow), even on an older S1 watch :)
     
  8. ka-spot macrumors 6502a

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    like the song says – all this "wearable" – are complete and total bullshhhhhh...

    (also the touch bar)

    here's proof:
     
  9. jcshas macrumors 6502

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    Does WatchOS 6 require iOS 13 or can it be installed on the watch independent of whatever versions of iOS you’re running on iPhone?
     
  10. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Well, I think I will just stick to watchOS 5 for now, or just shell $99 For developer program... oh wait, needs 2FA?
    Also, by far I don’t see watchOS 6 brings too many new things to Apple Watch series 3 and below. Virtually no new watch faces, no new features, no nothing.
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    It will REQUIRE iOS 13. No way to install/use watchOS 6 without iOS 13.
     
  11. grahamwright1 macrumors regular

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    Larger text for the App list alone is worth the update! It's an incremental improvement for us S1 owners....
     
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    I mean....whatever that guy says is obviously fact. I'm throwing my Watch in the trash.
     
  14. votdfak macrumors 6502

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    Is there an option in watchOS 6 to keep display always on while working out?
     
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G4

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    There isn't... which boggles my mind, given how they push it as a fitness device. It was basically the only thing I wanted in the new OS.

    I love my Apple Watch, but watchOS 6 is overwhelmingly underwhelming.
     
  16. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    I always liked the term 'AppleSeed'

    Now i wish i could only remember those Roman numerals.
     
  17. votdfak macrumors 6502

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    Love my AW3 too, really love it, but idk why we don't have option to keep it always on while working out, it should be our decision.
     
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    I drive 90 minutes into work, every day. And another 90 minutes back home - The issue is, my watch thinks the road bumps, somehow equate to "movement", as in "steps". Trust me, I'm not walking 80mph. I wish that the movement software would at least check with the GPS to tell the watch that road "noise" is not the same as walking. On my drive to work; it's not unusual to see my watch telling me I have walked a half mile.
     
  19. pdaholic macrumors 65816

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    They were busy focusing on iPadOS. Next year will be our year!
     
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4

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    drives me absolutely crazy... actually made me return my first apple watch and go back to a Garmin. I cam back because the AW does so many other things so well, but it's a huge missing feature for me.
     
  21. pdaholic macrumors 65816

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    Or when I’m reading a book to my kid in bed, and I suddenly complete my stand goal!
     
  22. votdfak macrumors 6502

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    I use it for many, many things, most of all Apple Pay. It's awesome. But why oh why we don't have toggle to keep display always on while working out? I'll never understand. They should just enable it for Workout app if they want control. Cmon Apple give it to us. I still don't understand...
     
  23. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

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    If your Watch is running WatchOS 5, and, you upgrade your iPhone to iOS 13, the Reminders app will no longer work on the watch.
     
  24. votdfak macrumors 6502

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    And one more thing... give us Notes app on watchOS...
     
  25. coolfactor macrumors 601

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    Tell us why you feel that way. We're waiting.
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    Lift your wrist and the display lights up. Why waste battery power when you aren't looking at the watch? Seems totally logically to me.

    Maybe, instead, you want them to tweak *when* it triggers the screen to come on?
     

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