Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 4.3.1 to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3.1 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the first watchOS 4.3.1 beta and three weeks after releasing watchOS 4.3.

    Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4.3.1 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 needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

    Shortly before watchOS 4.3.1 was introduced, Apple stopped allowing developers to update Apple Watch apps built on the original watchOS 1 SDK. In watchOS 4.3.1, there's an alert when launching a watchOS 1 app that warns that the app may not be compatible with future versions of watchOS. This suggests Apple may drop support for watchOS 1 apps entirely in the future, just as it did with support for 32-bit iOS apps in iOS 11.

    Code hidden within watchOS 4.3.1 suggests Apple is working on introducing support for custom third-party watch faces, but this is likely a feature that would be introduced as part of a major watchOS 5 update rather than through watchOS 4.3.1.

    There were no other new features discovered in watchOS 4.3.1, which is unsurprising as this is a minor 4.x.x update. It's likely this update focuses primarily on bug fixes to address issues discovered since the release of watchOS 4.3.

    Apple does not provide detailed release notes for watchOS, so we may not know what's included in the update until it sees a public release.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 4.3.1 to Developers
  2. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    3rd party with faces...

    So so so far behind android wear in this feature yet so easy to implement.
  3. Shanesan macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2006
    Easy to implement? I wouldn't be so sure. Apple is a stickler for battery management on the Watch as well as security. Those are their top concerns on the Watch. A watch face could be a disaster for both of those.

    Saying that, it's been several years now, and all this should have been well thought out for execution by WatchOS 4.
  4. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Sure if it had been a goal. But I'm sure there has been a lot of internal debate about whether to do it or not which stalled implementation.

    Honestly for me, I'd prefer always-on display than 3rd party faces (of course I'm not implying these are mutually exclusive)
  5. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
  6. eyeseeyou, Apr 16, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018

    eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    My guess is they had planned on doing more high end luxury brand watch face collaborations but couldn’t come to terms with enough high end brands.

    With my brief experience with android wear that was one of the first things I’ve noticed was the amount of 3rd party brand faces you could use with your watch.

    Even allowing your own wallpaper with complications would be appreciated.
  7. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
  8. decypher44 macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    A couple things I miss from my Fossil Q Founder are all the watch faces and having an always-on display. I’ll be happy to get one of the two.
  9. Merode macrumors 6502


    Nov 5, 2013
    Warszawa, Poland
    People saying that 3rd party watch faces will drain batteries faster are wrong. Apple could easily introduce battery consumption metrics (just like those already in OS X and probably under the hood of iOS) and simply include them in approval process. If your watch face consumes too much power, it is denied access to app store.

    Just take a look at all custom Pebble watch faces. I know it ueses different panel and all of them would look better on AW, but just realize the potential and ideas. Some of them are really great. I wouldn't look at Android wearable store as this platform never took off and most of watch faces are copy-paste knock offs submitted by kiddies.
  10. Zadigre macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    since installing watchOS 3, when I shutdown my series 2 Watch and turn it on again, 50% of the time it gets stuck on the Apple logo even if I wait 10 minutes. If I force the reboot, it's fine most of the time. and yes, I already did a reset without restoring any backup and also without installing any app.
    I don't remember having that problem with watchOS 4.2.x before.

    Anyone know if this beta fixes this specific problem?
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    How’s the battery life with this beta. I’m still on 4.3 and want to know if I should jump off the beta cycle now or if it’s, relatively, safe to install 4.3.1 b2.

    Anyone wanting to debate that only developers should install this don’t waste your breath. I’m fully aware of the consequences.

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