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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 10.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a month after the release of watchOS 10.4.

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To install the ‌watchOS 10.5 update, developers 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 10.5 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.

We don't yet know what's included in watchOS 10.5, but should anything new be found, we'll update this article.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 10.5 to Developers
 

F-B-Z

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Since there seem to be no new functions, I assume the release's focus was primarily on its snappishness.
 

Fuzzball84

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Since there seem to be no new functions, I assume the release's focus was primarily on its snappishness.
I sure hope so… its performance on series 4 is atrocious compaered to watch OS9.

A suspicious person could think it was done on purpose to make an upgrade more appealing.

The difference i seen between watch OS 9 and 10 is night and day. The watch actually heats up doing basic tasks whichi never had previously.
 

ozerobaykal

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I sure hope so… its performance on series 4 is atrocious compaered to watch OS9.

A suspicious person could think it was done on purpose to make an upgrade more appealing.

The difference i seen between watch OS 9 and 10 is night and day. The watch actually heats up doing basic tasks whichi never had previously.
You're using a watch that:
  • was released 5 years ago;
  • discontinued 4 years ago;
  • runs both a slower processor (Cortex-A53, 1590MHz v. Apple 'Thunder', 1800MHz);
  • and less capable RAM (LPDDR3 v. LPDDR4x);
  • was last in line for WatchOS 9 support;
  • again last in line for WatchOS 10 support, despite it being the most significant overhaul of the OS since its introduction;
And your first instinct is that this must be because Apple wants more money from you.

Okay, sure.
 

Fuzzball84

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You're using a watch that:
  • was released 5 years ago;
  • discontinued 4 years ago;
  • runs both a slower processor (Cortex-A53, 1590MHz v. Apple 'Thunder', 1800MHz);
  • and less capable RAM (LPDDR3 v. LPDDR4x);
  • was last in line for WatchOS 9 support;
  • again last in line for WatchOS 10 support, despite it being the most significant overhaul of the OS since its introduction;
And your first instinct is that this must be because Apple wants more money from you.

Okay, sure.
I am planning an upgrade and recycling the watch at Apple...

But

It ran Watch OS 9 perfectly... including runtime... is it really that bad to voice that one of the last updates it gets, actually cripples it somewhat. After 5 years of perfect performance, and a battery that is in remarkably good shape (85%)

Are we really at a point where we can't expect a smart watch to last 5 years? Apple still actually offer battery service on this model!

Think about the environmentals on this? Most consumers expect watches to last... and Apple could have said, you know what, watch OS 10 runs like dog @£%$ on series 4... lets release it only for series 5 and above.

So you dismiss sereies 4, but Apple must know there is a significant number of series 4 about... as they still developed the OS for it... and series 4 and the few models above it dont actually have much in difference in terms of performance.
 

Fuzzball84

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You're using a watch that:
  • was released 5 years ago;
  • discontinued 4 years ago;
  • runs both a slower processor (Cortex-A53, 1590MHz v. Apple 'Thunder', 1800MHz);
  • and less capable RAM (LPDDR3 v. LPDDR4x);
  • was last in line for WatchOS 9 support;
  • again last in line for WatchOS 10 support, despite it being the most significant overhaul of the OS since its introduction;
And your first instinct is that this must be because Apple wants more money from you.

Okay, sure.
Im certain Apple wants more money from me... they are a business, not a charity.

Apple have done this to several devices in the past... allowed them to run software that clearly does not perform well, while not allowing other capable devices run the latest versions (especially Mac OS).
 

Fuzzball84

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Hopefully it fixes the bugs causing fast battery drain. Terribly annoying.
The bugs often drain the battery.... they get inside and unplug it at the bottom..... then all the battery drains out.

Thats why bugs often cause battery drain issues... I think they like the electrolyte. The sooner we switch over to solid state electrolyte the better... Id like to see them drain those batteries.
 
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Kaos22

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The bugs often drain the battery.... they get inside and unplug it at the bottom..... then all the battery drains out.

Thats why bugs often cause battery drain issues... I think they like the electrolyte. The sooner we switch over to solid state electrolyte the better... Id like to see them drain those batteries.
Fuzzy Wuzzy, quite a bear,
With a look of puzzled flair.
Played all day with his ball,
Lying naked in the hall.
Not so sharp, but still our dear, fuzzy friend.
 
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baking soda

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You're using a watch that:
  • was released 5 years ago;
  • discontinued 4 years ago;
  • runs both a slower processor (Cortex-A53, 1590MHz v. Apple 'Thunder', 1800MHz);
  • and less capable RAM (LPDDR3 v. LPDDR4x);
  • was last in line for WatchOS 9 support;
  • again last in line for WatchOS 10 support, despite it being the most significant overhaul of the OS since its introduction;
And your first instinct is that this must be because Apple wants more money from you.

Okay, sure.

I'm using a Series 7 and performance still sucks. And I bet even a Series 9 would suck. It's the OS and software that is terribly optimized, it's got little to do with the horsepower of the device itself.
Source: AW user since 2018
 

delsoul

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Can’t come soon enough. Last update absolutely wrecked the battery life on my AWU2
 
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