Watch OS2 beta stability

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by AngusW, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. AngusW macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2013
    How stable is the current beta of WatchOS2? Debating on giving it a try, already rocking iOS 9 PB.
  2. Tamagotchi macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2013

    I've got watchOS 2 Beta 3 and it is very unstable (more stable than the previous 2 betas, but still unstable).

    Problems pairing.
    Lag issues (animations aren't smooth at all).
    Problems syncing information (it wouldn't receive my messages from iMessage).
    Heart monitor sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.
    Most important, you can't downgrade to stable watchOS 1.0.1 after upgrade - so if you run to any problems and want to downgrade... you can't. Also, once you upgrade to watchOS 2 Beta you will be stuck with iOS9 beta as well (as you need it to run your watch).

    I wouldn't upgrade until Beta 4. I believe it could be out either today, tomorrow, or maybe early next week.
  3. AngusW thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2013
    Ok thanks good to know. I'll wait and see how the new beta turns out.
  4. K4LK macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    It is pretty stable for me (way better than beta 2). It is only for developers. There is no watchOS 2 public beta.
  5. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    Stable? how so... Apple has disable two of the most important features of the watch. Apple Pay does not work, Heartrate does not work properly in Workout App. Other features like Siri dictation only works 1/2 the time. Sure it's stable if you don't use it for anything another than the time.

    If you want your watch the function stay far far far away from any of the WatchOS betas
  6. K4LK macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    Beta 2 was crashing and restarting several times per day. Battery drain was horrendous. Now it is usable. 3rd party apps work again. Agreed it has a long way to go.
  7. DJLAXL macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2014
    Hate Beta 3. Making me hate my Watch more than I already do. I will never go beta on my Watch again. Definitely lesson learned...
  8. Tamagotchi macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2013

    So Beta 4 seems very snappy, apps open very fast, (even 3rd party - faster than with watchOS 1.0.1). There aren't graphical lag issues.

    So far so good - I think it's good to update if you want to try it.

    Still, keep in mind it's a beta and you may encounter some issues (I haven't encountered any so far... but who knows)...
  9. syphern macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    No it's bad for me not stable at all jelly fish animation sometimes goes at 1fps and it crashes often made a mistake with upgrading
  10. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    Don't do it... Not worth it. Beta 3 ran ok but my watch bricked updating from beta 3 to beta 4. I wouldn't recommend updating until final release, honestly.
  11. jmcclain145 macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I guess I'm the odd man out. Beta 3 rocked for me. Apple Pay didn't work which was my only call out.

    Beta 4 seems really stable, and Apple Pay works again.

    I'd say if you don't mind minor issues go ahead and update! Mine doesn't lag, or have connectivity issues.

    Remember there's no way to downgrade yourself, so if you have any apprehensions I'd wait.
  12. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Anybody's weather not working again in Beta 4? Was working fine in 3...
  13. April Knight Suspended

    Jul 24, 2011
    Olympia, WA
    Betas 1-3 were dreadful for me. Siri never worked, Timers/Alarms on betas 2 and 3 did not work, and overall it was very laggy and unresponsive. Beta 4 is actually pretty stable for me. The only thing is it takes Siri a little while to pop up when I hold down the Digital Crown, and she almost never pops up when I use "Hey, Siri." So my Siri experience isn't so great.
  14. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    IMO, watchOS 2 beta (especially 4) is usable and stable enough. As to be expected, iPhone pairing is sometimes flaky, battery life is worse (I would say about 25% faster drain), and there are some lags.

    The main reason not to upgrade is fairly minor set of visible features. Nightstand, colored complications, time travel, favorite groups, email reply, and new watch faces are nice enough additions to be sure, but feels more like something that could be added to 1.x releases.

    But the real benefit, native 3rd party apps, won't apply to you until watchOS 2 is released to the wild this fall, and updated 3rd party apps with it.
  15. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    Sorry, but just have to say, installing beta software is in no way an "upgrade". Unless you specifically need it, have endless time to burn jerking around with gadgets, or enjoy flogging yourself, that is.
  16. AngusW thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2013
    But you can purchase developer licenses which I do have one for my phone (don't use it anymore now that Public Beta actually works) but that license is still active which is why I was asking. So far I'm not seeing many negatives for my personal usage.

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