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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming two weeks release of the second beta and over a month after the launch of watchOS 7.3 with "Time to Walk" functionality, expanded ECG availability, and a new Unity watch face.

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To install the ‌watchOS 7.4 beta, developers need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 7.4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌‌.

Alongside iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4 introduces a new "Unlock with Apple Watch" feature that lets an iPhone with Face ID use an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication measure when you're wearing a mask, alleviating the need to enter a passcode to unlock the iPhone.

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Face ID does not work when wearing a mask, but this new Apple Watch feature provides an easy but still secure way to access the iPhone without the hassle of a passcode. It's similar to the Apple Watch unlocking on Mac and can be enabled in the Settings app under Face ID & Passcode.

An unlocked Apple Watch paired with Face ID can unlock the iPhone when a mask is worn, but it's only for mask usage. The Apple Watch cannot be used to authenticate Apple Pay or App Store purchases, nor can it be used to unlock apps that require a Face ID scan. In these situations, the mask will need to be removed or a passcode/password will need to be used instead.

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When the Apple Watch unlocks the iPhone, you'll feel a haptic tap on the wrist and will receive a notification on the watch, similar to how it works when using the watch to unlock a Mac.

For those who use Apple Fitness+, the watchOS 7.4 update combined with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 enables AirPlay 2 for Apple Fitness+, so workouts can be streamed to an AirPlay 2-enabled TV or set-top box. Apple Watch metrics do not show up on the screen when AirPlayed, however, and that feature is limited to iPhone/iPad/Apple TV.

Apple has said that watchOS 7.4 will be released in the early spring, with spring set to start on March 20, so there are still a few weeks of beta testing expected.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 7.4 to Developers
 

sorgo

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Still not showing for me….

EDIT: Never mind; took a minute
 

Bill Av

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Does it fix the (two year old) issue where you can’t control the music stored on your phone with your watch? I know that subscribing to Apple Music fixes the issue, but I’d like to get that functionality back without subscribing. Oh, it’s not a priority? No longer part of the roadmap? Gee, thanks, Apple.
 
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FishyFish

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I gave this a full run-through on my Series 5 and my Series 6 and it is 🔥. Another amazing release, all of my complications rendered properly, I took an ECG and Blood Oxygen reading and it worked! It looks like we've got a another hot one on our hands. Thank you Apple!
 

Tutburymac

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Jul 23, 2019
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Since I updated to this, my activity recording has almost stopped, it freezes throughout the day and the only way to get it tracking again is a hard reset. Anyone else having this issue ?
 

ractdi

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Since I updated to this, my activity recording has almost stopped, it freezes throughout the day and the only way to get it tracking again is a hard reset. Anyone else having this issue ?

Yes same here, I don’t often have to hard reset though, I’ve found turning off and back on again helps fo a while and the stall is intermittent. I’ve struggled to maintain my activity streaks and find I’m having to put in twice as much effort as normal to achieve the pre update ring results. Roll on the next release in which I hope these bugs are fixed
 

Tutburymac

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Jul 23, 2019
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Yes same here, I don’t often have to hard reset though, I’ve found turning off and back on again helps fo a while and the stall is intermittent. I’ve struggled to maintain my activity streaks and find I’m having to put in twice as much effort as normal to achieve the pre update ring results. Roll on the next release in which I hope these bugs are fixed
I’ve adjusted my goals down to keep my streaks.
 
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