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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 10.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a day after the launch of watchOS 10.1.


To install the ‌watchOS 10‌ update, developers will need to open the Apple Watch app, go to the Software Update section under "General" in Settings, and toggle on the watchOS 10 Developer Beta. An Apple ID linked to a developer account is required.

Once beta updates have been activated, watchOS 10 can be downloaded under the same Software Update section. To install software, an Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery life and it must be placed on an Apple Watch charger.

There's no word yet on what might be included in watchOS 10.2, but we'll update this article if we find new features.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 10.2 to Developers
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macrumors member
Sep 13, 2023
I just got my series 8 on sale and will NOT be upgrading to watchOS 10. I did so on the SE I upgraded from and it make the whole experience worse.
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macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2012
With the rapid battery drain issues I'm having with 10.1, I may install the public beta (when available) just to see if it fixes anything. I've never installed any betas, but this issue is pretty alarming.


macrumors 68020
Feb 27, 2011
I think they just release the .X updates across all their product lines to keep them in sync, no matter what’s on the roadmap.

It seems like it’s an OCD thing at this point lol
Yeah seems like it - also had a couple of WatchOS 9.X updates with close to zero new features. Almost like they have shifted to save all new features for the annual release, which is a shame. And the annual release was cosmetic at best this year and not really with new great features - so waiting a full year again is not really promising.


macrumors 603
Aug 6, 2007
If, they increased it in this 10.2 beta from 1 nit to 2 nit, I can't really tell. It's still too low for me.


macrumors 6502
Apr 30, 2002
Back in the day .X updates has many visible changes or updates/features and now they are like the bug fixes and we don’t even know has been updated 😂
Apple has not been consistent on this. Back in the day, System 7 was the operating system from 1991 to about 1996, 7.0 was bug riddled, and 7.1 the following year sorted it out, and then we went three or four years I think until 7.5 came in with a few crumbs and a lot of bugs which then very quickly needed 7.6 and 7.6.1. Then came Apple's near brush with bankruptcy, the cancellation of Copeland, the failure to acquire Be, and finally bringing in NEXT which came with some freebie executive that Apple had previously chased out of the company. Of course one of Steve Jobs' changes was to drop the system nomenclature and go to OS8, OS9 and then OS X (ten) and with OS X, his style was to do a semi major single point upgrade every year or every other year. This went pretty well the first few years, including the near bug-free experience that was OS 10.4 Tiger, until Avie Tevanian left the company and then it went a bit awry (remember the bug-riddled Leopard, followed by the bug fix Snow Leopard the following year?). The last few years they've gone back to upping the full system number every year, so that instead of each point being the big change, we're back to each full number being the big change. Fortunately we're not back to System 7 lasting for six years, the first and the last two of which were a bug-riddled misery......we're simply back to the full number rather than the first point being the major change.
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macrumors 601
Jun 9, 2021
Hope it fixes Siri raise to wake. Only works once per disable/enable toggle. Anyone else noticed this? Works fine the first time, won’t ever work again until it’s turned off and on, then will work again exactly once until you toggle it off and on again. 10.1 didn’t fix it.


macrumors newbie
Oct 10, 2023
The brightness thing is still hot garbage on the Ultra 2. As someone said it looks like they raised it from 1 nit to 2. Still can’t see anything and don’t even try “night mode” as it’s completely useless even worse than before.

Also when the watch is in AOD mode it’s like 0.5 nits now and you literally can’t see ANYTHING in a dark room.

Also it seems like when you flick your wrist (which takes like 10 attempts and I have to aggressively flick it to wake the watch) the screen only lights up for like 3 seconds before it dims down again —- why?

This is a piece of crap update.

As for the the swiping of watch faces this wasn’t big for me as I usually only used 1 face but why can’t Apple add a feature for this to toggle on and off? Why do they have stuff a certain way and some idiot in engineering changes it, pisses everyone off and offers no work around like a simple toggle switch to “allow swipe to change faces”.

These engineers should be fired it’s embarrassing.


macrumors 6502
Feb 15, 2021
Has Apple finally fixed the Mail app so it syncs with your phone’s Mail app? You know the issue that has been around since the first watchOS. Honestly I’m wondering if any Apple employee has ever used the Mail app on their watch. If they did, they would have noticed that it continues to show deleted emails as unread.

Japan Ricardo

macrumors regular
May 11, 2022
Make sure Walkie-Talkie is turned OFF. I finally found that this is what was causing my battery drain since upgrading to OS10.


macrumors regular
Jul 10, 2013
Took a while to install on mine too, a looooong time in "Preparing"... I hope this fixes the battery cos it was all over the place, keeping up during a workout only to drain super fast in the evening while doing nothing.
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