Apple Releases First Beta of New WatchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS at the keynote event of its Worldwide Developers Conference, and is now providing betas to developers for testing purposes. watchOS 4, the latest version of the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, is now available for download.

    Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 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 must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.


    watchOS 4 introduces three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual, new Disney-themed Toy Story watch faces starring Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie, and a Kaleidoscope watch face designed to turn static images into "mesmerizing patterns."

    There are new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app. GymKit, a new technology platform, will allow the Apple Watch to interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and Activity app will offer up intelligent coating and tailored encouragement, plus new monthly activity challenges.

    A redesigned Music app syncs automatically with the Apple Music new Music Mix, and there are auto-sets for for swim workouts. There's also a new High Intensity Internal Training workout option, and the Apple Watch supports the new person-to-person Apple Pay feature.

    watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

    Article Link: Apple Releases First Beta of New WatchOS 4 Operating System to Developers
  2. tylerthomas28 macrumors member


    Feb 7, 2017
  3. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Still no store for third-party watch faces? C'mon!! That's an opportunity looking for a place to happen. My guess is it may be announced in the fall during the watch hardware announcement and it will probably only be supported on the new hardware.
  4. scwinsett macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Does anyone have that watch profile? My account expired
  5. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Looking forward to "All the little things"! Kevin was super rushed on stage.
  6. viettanium macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
  7. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2002
    Wondering the same thing as I've installed the WatchOS4 dev profile on my iOS10 iPhone and it's saying my watch is up to date. Would rather not update my iPhone on the first beta.
  8. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
  9. jdmagoo1 macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    Hopefully someone with a dev account can see if there is an option to share workouts to strava and other apps?
  10. dallison13 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014
    Can't imagine that'll be done through the watch. Doesn't appear to be in IOS11 although I do notice that in ios11, the maps are in the health app now. So maybe exporting is possible?
  11. jdmagoo1 macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    The maps was available in iOS 10. Hopefully they do allow export, I will use the activity app exclusively if they do that
  12. dallison13 macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2014
    Are you sure maps were available in the Health app? I think they were only in the ACTIVITY app, hence the reason they were not shareable to other apps. I could be wrong tho, but I'm fairly certain.
  13. jdmagoo1 macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    Ah my apologies you are right I didn't read your post properly- hope so
  14. Javiayer macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2013
    Will WatchOS4 support the original Apple Watch? series 0 technically
  15. csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Kevin said on stage today that it was coming this fall to “all series of the Apple Watch”.
  16. tony1984 macrumors newbie


    Jul 4, 2014

    no i couldn't get it work until put my phone on ios11 and now it works for watchos4
  17. Illumiiinati macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2015
  18. bingobucketster macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2008
    So I got the beta today and have some questions:

    -How do I re-arrange apps in the new dock? It has a cool animation and stuff, but I can’t re-arrange them, nor can I add new ones. Boo.

    -Whenever I ask Siri to shuffle my “happy” playlist (not synced on my watch), it says it can’t access my “for you” tab. Not what I meant.

    -I can no longer (or at least don’t know how to) choose the source of my music, and it is defaulted to my watch. So I only have 2 or 3 playlists to access from the watch. Lame.

    If anyone has figured out how to do these things that aren’t working for me, let me know.
  19. Lepton macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2002
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    You know that crazy home screen with all the tiny round watch app icons? Firm press and get a list view!
  20. drmacnut, Jun 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2017

    drmacnut macrumors member


    Mar 7, 2005
    Oh that is fantastic! I just enabled it and it is SO much better than those horrible little circles I could never quite see properly. Now, each app is listed with the icon on the left and the name right next to it. Turning the wheel allows for the usual iOS list scroller with the largest item centered and higher and lower items smaller tapering off top and bottom. Nice!

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