watchOS

Apple Watch Prototype Shows Early watchOS Software, Design

Photos showing off what appears to be a disguised Apple Watch prototype that's powered by pre-released watchOS software were posted on Twitter yesterday. According to 9to5Mac, photographs of an Apple Watch prototype inside a safety case have surfaced, displaying a pre-watchOS software program and a "Lisa Tester" app that exhibits how the completed springboard would...

watchOS 7.1 Beta 4 Download Released for Developers

Apple has released watchOS 7.1 beta 4 for developers this afternoon, bringing the Apple Watch software to the same fourth beta as earlier releases this week of iOS, iPadOS and tvOS. The Apple developer portal now has watchOS 7.1 beta 4 available, showing two versions: 18R5585a and 18R5586a. No word on what’s new, but stay...

Apple Releases watchOS 7.0.2 Download: What’s New

Apple has released watchOS 7.0.2 for download, debuting some bug fixes. Here’s what’s new in this update, available now over-the-air: Fixes an issue that could cause battery life to drain more quickly Fixes an issue that prevented some users from accessing the ECG app in regions where it’s available You can download watchOS 7.0.2 right...

You Can Now Install watchOS 7 Public Beta

Apple has released watchOS 7 Public Beta for the first now, allowing non-developers to test out its latest software release for Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5. With watchOS 7, new features include the highly anticipated sleep tracking, to go with new watch faces, watch face sharing, plus a hand-washing reminder. It’s...

Apple Watch’s Handwashing Detection Was in Development for Years

Apple has made a handful of new and noteworthy announcements at last week's WWDC — one of the most noteworthy being a new watchOS for Apple Watch that places focus on reminding wearers to wash their hands to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. "In a first-of-its-kind innovation for a wearable, Apple Watch automatically detects handwashing...

watchOS 6.2.1 Download Released, Fixes FaceTime Audio Bug

After releasing iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 yesterday to address a bug with FaceTime, Apple has today released watchOS 6.2.1 that comes with a similar fix. According to Apple, watchOS 6.2.1 “fixes an issue where devices running watchOS 6.2 could not participate in FaceTime audio calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X...

Apple Releases watchOS 6.1.3 for Download

Apple has released new software updates for Apple Watch owners, as watchOS 6.1.3 and watchOS 5.3.5 are now available for download. If you aren’t on iOS 13 yet because of an older iPhone, watchOS 5.3.5 is for your Apple Watch. According to watchOS 6.1.3 release notes, Apple says “this update includes improvements and bug fixes,...

Here’s Your First Look at In-App Purchases on watchOS

Earlier this month, Apple rolled out watchOS 6.2 beta to developers which included the ability for Apple Watch apps to offer in-app purchases, right from a customer’s wrist. “You’ll be able to offer in-app purchases directly in your watchOS apps, so users can access premium content,” noted Apple. Apple also said that developers can get started by...

watchOS 7 Wish List Covers What You Want Next for Apple Watch

This summer when Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) takes place, we most likely will see another preview of its operating systems, including watchOS. Matt Birchler has again shared his wish list for watchOS 7 and Apple Watch, and I can agree it covers some features we’d love Apple to implement in its next major update....