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watchOS 4 beta 2

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta Version of watchOS 4, tvOS 11 to Developers

Apple's Software
July 24, 2017

Along with iOS 11 beta 4, Apple has just seeded the fourth beta versions of watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 to registered developers.

watchOS 4

watchOS 4
One of the best new features in watchOS 4 is the Siri face.

One of the best new features in watchOS 4 is the Siri face.

On the watch face front, Apple is giving users a numbe of new options – most importantly a Siri face.

Throughout the day, the face will change dynamically depending on what’s happening. It will take information from Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet. A complication on the face gives quick and easy access to Siri as well. Another new face is the fun Kaleidoscope that turns images into different patterns just like the toy.

The Dock, is also taking on a new look. Instead of the horizontal alignment, all of your selected apps are now presented in a vertical fashion.

Using the Digital Crown makes it easy to scroll between each one even though you can still simply use your finger on the screen.

With the new software, Apple Music playlists will now automatically sync to your Apple Watch.

With the new software, Apple Music playlists will now automatically sync to your Apple Watch.

Music lovers should definitely be happy to use the redesigned app on the watch. It will now automatically sync your New Music Mix, Favorites Mix and most listened to music from the service.

Along with a new look, the stock Workout app can now be used for the popular high-intensity interval training workout.

For fitness fans who like to combine their workouts, it now easy to measure overall calories burned and time measurements. When done with one workout type, just swipe right to and select “New.”

During a workout, the Apple Watch will now automatically turn on the Do Not Disturb feature so you can focus on fitness.

Along with the new look to the stock Workout app, the Activity app will better help users meet their fitness goals, close their Activity Rings, and create longer success streaks.

tvOS 11

tvOS 11
tvOS 11 will add smaller improvements to the Apple TV.

tvOS 11 will add smaller improvements to the Apple TV.

As far as tvOS 11, don’t expect any major changes. Apple seems intent on adding smaller improvements and other fixes.

Some of those include automatically changing the light/dark theme, home screen sync option, new background modes/notification support, and more.

We’ll let you know if anything new has been discovered in the latest beta version.

Officially arriving this fall

Officially arriving this fall
At least on the Apple Watch side, the new software should arrive around the same time as the third-generation wearable.

At least on the Apple Watch side, the new software should arrive around the same time as the third-generation wearable.

Both watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 will officially arrive to the general public sometime this fall.

Around the same time as the new software, Apple is widely expected to introduce the third-generation Apple Watch. The device should offer better performance and battery life. Other rumored new features include cellular connectivity and additional health features including special smart bands that could possibly provide non-invasive monitoring of blood glucose levels.

The prospects for a new version of the Apple TV hardware is more cloudy. A major possible addition could include 4K video support.

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