Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 4.3 to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update to developers, a few days after seeding the fifth beta and more than a month after releasing watchOS 4.2.3, a minor update focusing on bug fixes.

    Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 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 has to be placed on the charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone it's paired to.

    watchOS 4.3 introduces support for Nightstand mode in portrait orientation, a feature that was previously only available when the watch was placed in landscape orientation. There's also a new charging animation when the Apple Watch is placed on the charger, a new app loading animation, your Activity data is now displayed on the Siri watch face, and the battery complication more accurately reports battery life.

    The watchOS 4.3 update also brings the return of a much-desired feature that allows music playing on the iPhone to be controlled using the Music app on the Apple Watch.

    In prior versions of watchOS, starting with watchOS 4, the Music app could only be used to control music playing on the watch itself. With the tvOS 11.3 beta installed, there's also an option to control music playing on the Apple TV with the watch.

    Apple plans to release watchOS 4.3 to the public in the spring, and until then, it will be limited to developers. Apple offers public betas of tvOS, iOS, and macOS, but watchOS betas are not available for public beta testers because there's no way to revert to an earlier version of watchOS once an update is installed.

    As we're on the sixth beta, we should be nearing a release date in the next couple of weeks.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 4.3 to Developers
  2. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I just hope it improves the speed again on my Apple Watch Series 0. Orginal watch. In particular on starting an exercise and then listening to music. Once it took me 5 minutes after I started the exercise to get the music playing. Very annoying. Don’t tell me to buy a new one. With WatchOS 3 all was good.
  3. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2010
    the north, UK
  4. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    Buy a new one! Just kidding, I’ve got a series 2 and it feels less smooth with watchOS 4. Battery life is fantastic though.
  5. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Looks like you have not used an apple handheld product for more than 3 iterations of their software!
    --- Post Merged, Mar 16, 2018 ---
    I wonder what would happen with WatchOS 5?
  6. maziar.d macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2016
    i think series 0 will very likely be left out of watchos 5
  7. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Agreed also on S2.

    So many beats released in the last 2 weeks what’s going on?! Vehemently waiting this and iOS update as I’m getting that Android-over-fence-fever again.
  8. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Series 0 is like the iPad 1. They were cool when announced as they were new product category, but the hardware were significantly out-speced by the 2nd and 3rd gen. Heck, even I feel my series 2 feels slower now than when I first got it. Even booting up takes forever.
  9. Cinch macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2005
  10. Mrincognito1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2018
    I also feel like my series 2 watch slowed down a bit with the 4.0 upgrade.
  11. MsRandall macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2011
    Bay Area, Ca
    I bought a series 3 when it was released and then returned it in day 29

    I went back to my series 2 - after it was replaced under the Apple Care warranty for condensation issues.

    Definitely still running smooth with watchOS 4
  12. tcellguy macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2017
    Any idea when 4.3 will drop? I can’t wait to have control of the iPhone music library again
  13. friednoodles Suspended

    Feb 4, 2014
    No one except Apple knows for sure, but they do have an event coming up on the 27th and that would seem like a good time to release iOS/watchOS/macOS (and releasing it on that day would mean the iOS 11.3 beta was exactly the same length as last year's iOS 10.3 beta...).
  14. Donoban macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2013
    Apple have nailed the performance with series 3 but I’m going to wait for the next edition. Still can’t let the 1k dropped on my ss s0 to go so easily.

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