Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the third beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The third beta comes two weeks after the second beta and a month after Apple first unveiled the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

    To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


    Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 6 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

    watchOS 6 is a major update that offers up a long list of new features. First and foremost, there's an App Store right on the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.

    Apple Watch apps no longer need to have an iPhone component, which means developers can create standalone Apple Watch apps for the first time. Apps are also able to take advantage of new APIs so you'll be able to do things like follow along with a workout or listen to streaming music from third-party services.


    There are several new watch faces in watchOS 6, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a Gradient watch face that shifts over the course of a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24 hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.


    A new Taptic Chimes feature provides a silent touch on the wrist at every hour, and if sound is turned on, you'll hear an audible chime. You can also hold two fingers on the Apple Watch's display to hear the time spoken out loud.

    There are new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that's too loud and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the iPhone, are also available to chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.


    New complications are available for wind speed, chance of rain, and the new Noise app, plus there's a Voice Memos complication for recording a memo quickly, a cellular strength complication, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.

    Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch when asked a question, and for Mac users, the Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts.

    When it launches in the fall, watchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, released in 2015. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

    Update: In watchOS 6 beta 3, some of the stock apps are now able to be deleted, a feature that was previously reported but is now activated. There are also multiple new colors for the California watch face.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers
  2. alancostello macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2019
    Stock apps are now deletable on the watch, and the California face has been rejigged, you can now select from the standard band-related colour wheel, also the orange time hands have been removed from the white and blue faces on California.
  3. keys, Jul 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019

    keys macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Installed on Series 4 without issue.

    Release notes:
    • Important: Upgrade your iPhone to the newest available version of iOS 13 beta before upgrading any paired watches to watchOS 6 beta or a newer version of watchOS 6 beta. (51366653)
  4. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
  5. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Voice Memos and other iCloud-syncing apps are syncing to iCloud on this update!
  6. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    The california faces took a hit in this beta imo. Yes they offer more colored options but removing the orange time bands and highlighting the outer rim is a bad choice.
  7. delamaza, Jul 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019

    delamaza macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Santiago, Chile
  8. rjohnstone, Jul 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019

    rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    OTA Watch OS update working.

    EDIT: iPhone is still required for the final step of accepting license. :rolleyes:


    Still needs to be on its charger to complete the process as well.
  9. iL15hts macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2011
    How about the iPhone 7/7plus users? Can we update to this version? Thanks for the reply
  10. fullfast macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2010
    Can confirm that they have fixed the uk o2 bug so all now works
  11. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    Probably best holding off until B3 has been released for the iPhone 7/+, as Apple say to update the phone before the Watch. Best not to take chances, I’m sure B3 for the 7/+ won’t be too far behind.
  12. JeanVis macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2008
    I couldn't agree more. The much bolder/fatter pills for the seconds makes the California face a lot less chique. I hope they will revert it back. I was so happy with this new watch face, especially with a black background and the pills, as it was so perfect for more formal occasions. But I feel it is ruined now.
  13. Valkyre macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2012
    On a good note, my battery drain issues with beta 2 seem to be completely fixed with beta 3 as well as the issues I had with Siri and Airpods. Good stuff.
  14. iL15hts macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2011
    Makes sense. Thanks for the advice. I’m gonna wait then
  15. robmorgan78, Jul 3, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2019

    robmorgan78 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2002
    Portland, Oriegun
    Where did you see that at? Also, I'm not seeing the beta 3 update available on my watch or phone (even though I have watchOS beta profile).

    *edit I've already updated my iPhone to the latest beta yesterday, still no update available watchOS 6.
  16. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Has anyone been able to get Reminders to sync with the Watch?

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