Apple Seeds watchOS 3 Golden Master to Developers

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Following today's iPhone-centric event, Apple has seeded the golden master (GM version) of watchOS 3 to developers. The golden master version of watchOS 3 is the version of the software that will be released to the public on Tuesday, September 13.

The software update can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone by going to General --> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery, it must be on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone. watchOS 3 also requires an iPhone running iOS 10 to install.


watchOS 3 introduces significant changes to the watchOS operating system. A new dock, accessible by pressing the side button, replaces Glances and houses 10 favorite first and third-party apps. Apps in the dock are kept continually up to date and are stored in memory for a new instant launch ability.

New Activity Sharing options allow Apple Watch owners to share workout and activity information with friends, and there are new fitness features for Wheelchair users. A Breathe app guides users through daily deep breathing sessions, an Apple Watch can unlock a Mac, and Apple has added apps for Reminders, Find My Friends, and accessing one's heartbeat.

Additional watch faces support complications, there are three new watch faces to choose from, including a new Activity watch face, and an SOS feature will make sure an option to get help in an emergency is always right at your fingertips. On the iPhone, there's a new Face Gallery for customizing Apple Watch faces, and watchOS 3 allows the Apple Watch to be located via Find My iPhone for the first time.

For complete details on the new features coming in watchOS 3, make sure to check out our watchOS 3 roundup.

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Kyle4

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Watch OS3 really sped up most of what I use mine for (due to the dock). Hopefully the GM irons out whatever remaining bugs there are. I'm looking forward to seeing where the software goes in the future.
 

xDKP

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Possible to install via the iPhone app if I get the GM iOS 10 on the iPhone? Or does it require more tricks?
 

finalcut

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No comments yet? WatchOS must not really be something many people care for.
Well, since watchos3 builts are not available for public, less ppl can comment compared to ios public beta.

That is probably why there is less comments hehe
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Possible to install via the iPhone app if I get the GM iOS 10 on the iPhone? Or does it require more tricks?
Unfortunately, we cant unless you are a dev
 

xDKP

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Well, since watchos3 builts are not available for public, less ppl can comment compared to ios public beta.

That is probably why there is less comments hehe
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Unfortunately, we cant unless you are a dev
Dang it, but not long till Tuesday
 

LoveToMacRumors

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Well, since watchos3 builts are not available for public, less ppl can comment compared to ios public beta.

That is probably why there is less comments hehe
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Unfortunately, we cant unless you are a dev
You can't download some kind of IPSW file and restore it to watch OS 3 GM?
 

frankdogg

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this update does not show up for me and I'm currently on WatchOS betas.

*just kidding* the beta profile got deleted when I unpaired the watch. didn't notice until now.
 

Brammy

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I'm on the fence for updating this. This *might* be the one thing I wait for the public release for.
 

Chundles

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Oh boy this is much better! The dock and scribble just made my watch so much more useful. The speed of apps launching from the dock is pretty damned close to what we saw in the stage demo, even with the one 3rd party app I use regularly.

Scribble is great! Fast, you can just keep scribbling, double-tapping the space does the same thing as it does on the iPhone, you can use the digital crown to flick through words once it gets an idea of what you're trying to type. No longer need to get my phone out to answer messages on the train = the best!
 
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