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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming two weeks after Apple released the third watchOS 8 beta.

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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.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 8 to Developers
 

scottct1

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Got the iOS update for my phone, but when I check for software updates for my watch it tells me I am running Watch OS 8.0 and my watch is up to date.

I am not seeing any OTA downloads for the watch.
 
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Octavius8

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How about showing the heart rate zone or as a % of the max heart-rate while doing exercise?, like any common sport watch?. Is that too much to ask??????. And not opaquing the training screen while doing exercise???, just decrease the brightness. Sadly Apple Watch workout features hace zero input from professionals using a training watch. Soooo lame for sports. I love it, but have to remove it when I do a spin class because it is totally useless compared to my 6 years old polar m400.
 
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Octavius8

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Or better “stand-up” per hour reminders?. As they are currently they are semi random and don’t help the purpose of standing up.
 
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trifero

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From another post I did a un-sync with my watch and phone and let it sit then did a re-sync and it works great! have at least 2 days of charge with it and it's fast. Give it a try if you have issues!
I´m gonna try that to see if it fixes my problem with Siri/homekit. Thanks.
 
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trifero

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Yeah I’ve been opening and closing my garage door all day and turning lights on and off no issues
Then I really don´t know why this is happening to me. Frustrating. Worked like a charm before updating to Beta.
 
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