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Apple today seeded the third beta of the upcoming watchOS 8 update to developers for testing purposes, with the update coming almost three weeks after Apple released the second 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 Third Beta of watchOS 8 to Developers
 

stinkdieren

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Had watchOS 8 on my watch since they released the PB.

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Better battery life than latest wOS7, worth it for the multiple timers alone.
beta's are like a box of chocolate, you .. well.. you get bugs.. thank the overlords for many bug fixes like missing watch faces and reboots
 
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H3LL5P4WN

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Had watchOS 8 on my watch since they released the PB.

Summary:
Better battery life than latest wOS7, worth it for the multiple timers alone.
My battery life on my S6 has been atrocious. And now this new beta keeps sitting at paused waiting for wifi.

...I'm so close to my router that I can fart on it.
 
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mhmercer

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"When sleeping, the Apple Watch now measures respiratory rate."
No, it measures the ventilatory rate; the rate of breathing. The respiratory rate is the rate of the physiological consumption (conversion) of oxygen and production of carbon dioxide.
IMHO this misuse is the medical-community's equivalent of the general public's use of the word "come" to mean "go".
 
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