Should I install Watch OS 3.0 Beta?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bige12, Jul 27, 2016.

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Should I install Watch OS 3 Beta on my Apple Watch

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    16 vote(s)
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  3. Not Sure

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    7.7%
  1. bige12 macrumors 6502

    bige12

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    #1
    I really want to install the Watch OS 3.0 Beta on my Apple Watch, But part of me dose not wants to install it, then the other half of me want dose not want to do it.
    The part of me that dose not want to do is like there is no way going back to the previous version watch os 2, and kind of don't want to mess up the watch
     
  2. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    You have to upgrade you iPhone to iOS 10 as well, because iOS 9 can't pair with watchOS 3.

    I am currently using watchOS 3 beta 3. I am satisfied with its battery life and the speed of docked apps. I am pleased with iOS 10 beta 3's stability and battery life too. However, my iPhone is 6s plus, so it may be not the same result with you iPhone.
     
  3. bige12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have iOS 10 beta 10 installed on my iPhone so I should be set, I looked up how to get the UDID from the apple watch so I could register it on the Developer center, I should be able to upgrade my apple watch if I want. I know there is way to go back to the previous watch OS, but I know you have to contract Apple support and send in the watch which is kind of a pain.
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    Since I know if I have to go back to the previous iOS software then I know my watch will probably not work, for right now I have iOS 10 Beta installed on my iPhone and have my Watch is on 2.2 and is working pretty good with iOS 10,
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    I just hope sometime in the future someone would figure out how to downgrade the apple watch OS. it would be interesting
     
  4. bribri99 macrumors regular

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    So i just did that. I have to say the beta is so much better and the functionality increased a lot. HOWEVER, the battery dies super quickly. Like 8-10% every hour and I'm not a power user, I just use it for notifications.
     
  5. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    That is one of the reasons I am going to wait. I have iOS10 on my phone, but it is easier to plug it in since I have a lightning cable on my desk at work. It would be much more of a headache to take off the watch to plug it in. I am looking forward to the Watch OS3, though.
     
  6. silvetti macrumors 6502a

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    Try to re-pair the watch to the phone, my battery is around 50% right now (8 hours since unplugged from power) and I have been tinkering with it all day (installed the beta right before getting out of the house) testing all the new things :D
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Are you a dev? -and I mean a paid dev?? Reason I ask if your a dev is because if you bork your watch your going to have to go to Apple. No hardware port means you standing there explaining to that teenager behind the counter that you couldn't wait till September and you've messed your watch up. #smuglook.
     
  8. silvetti macrumors 6502a

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    So if you're a paid dev the teenager is going to look at you differently ?
    Never had that happen to me :)
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Actually there very helpful when you are even offering to let you put the beta on in store just in case it happens again
     
  10. silvetti macrumors 6502a

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    Will keep that in mind :)
    Thanks for the tip.
     
  11. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    I love to play around with betas, however, I didn't do that on my watch.

    1) There are only very few beta that is as stable as final OS. Especailly for this kind of early beta, not the small sub version update beta. For something like a watch, I don't want to see it hang / self reboot when I want to use it.

    2) There is no way to downgrade / restore if something goes wrong. For Mac, that's easy, just boot into recovery partition and format the HDD / SSD. For iDevice, go for DFU. For Apple Watch? We stuck, no downgrade, no DFU, no Apple care...
     
  12. bige12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I might wait to install watch OS 3 when we get to some later versions of the beta
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    I'm the same way, but that might change
     
  13. bribri99 macrumors regular

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    How strange,ya I repaired and everything. Still pretty bad battery. Maybe it's because I'm using public beta iOS with developer watch os?
     
  14. BillGates1969 macrumors regular

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    I'm a paid developer and never normally update the watch for the reason there is no going back :)

    I updated my iPhone 6s yesterday and then thought what the heck and did the watch. Initially the battery life on the watch was appalling - 10-20% every hour. I managed to slow it down a bit with a couple of reboots and hard resets to about 10% per hour. These figures are with very light use. This morning I unpaired and re-paired, but was still getting 10% an hour. I then unticked the unlock my Mac on the Mac, and put only official Apple apps in the dock - now it has dropped 0% in the last hourhour :)

    The iPhone seems a little worse on battery (off charge 2 hours and 81% - normally it would be around 90-95%), but again the trick with the iPhone is to reboot a couple of times once it is updated.

    Pleased now I did it. But I'll be cautious before I update to later Betas (i.e I'll leave it a few days to see what all you lot moan about )
     
  15. bribri99 macrumors regular

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    okay, so I unpaired and repaired, restarted, and went through the settings and turned off SOS and background app refresh, and deleted all 3rd party apps. Today, the battery was worse! like 12-15% every hour vs. the usual 10% every hour (vs 2-5% every hour before I updated to beta).

    So basically, I think they'll have to clean it up to make it a nice beta to use on an everyday basis
     
  16. Dagless macrumors Core

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    If you could revert back I'd say go for it. But because we can't - approach with soooo much caution.
     
  17. BillGates1969 macrumors regular

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    I agree 100% with you. I took the call that in about 5 weeks the public release would be out so providing it doesn't bork my watch totally, then even with poor battery life I could cope. Also, we're now on Beta 3. If public release was 2-3 months away and this was a Beta 1, then no way would I install, unless I needed to test an app I'd developed or was developing.

    Update to my previous post: TO prove how we all get different battery life, after my previous tweaks, Yesterday I wore the watch for 13 ½ hours and it had 25% left - that is more-or-less normal for WatchOS 2.x :)
     
  18. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    I noticed that different people got different battery lives, and the ranges were huge. For me, I am very pleased with its battery life as it has 20 percent left after 16 or 18 hours.

    I can only say something in general. After upgrading or reset, the very first day the battery drains fast. As in background, there are tasks like photos syncing running. After that day, your watch should be normal and use less battery. If you are not working out but you battery drains more than 5 percentage per hour. I think you watch drains too much battery.
     
  19. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502

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    If you have to ask the question to others, then the answer is probably no.
     

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