Apple has just made available for download watchOS 3.1 beta 3 for Apple Watch after releasing beta 3 of both iOS 10.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 earlier this week, and beta 4 of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 yesterday.
This third beta comes in just a week after the Cupertino-based company seeded beta 2 of watchOS 3.1 as watchOS 3.1 continues to build a stronger and more stable platform on the foundation of the publicly available watchOS 3. This latest build is currently available to all registered developers with the necessary privileges, but more on that later, the question right now is “what does watchOS 3.1 beta 3 pack inside of it” for the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1, and of course, the Apple Watch Series 2.
watchOS 3 gave the Apple Watch an evolutionary leap in terms of feature and performance when compared to watchOS 2. A new App Dock, Breathe feature, Activity sharing, refreshed Watch Faces and much more laid the foundation for Apple to perfect that experience, which is what watchOS 3.1 appears to be doing.
When Apple released beta 1 of watchOS 3.1 to developers, a lot of digging around revealed that the firmware packed nothing outwardly but addressed some bugs and performance issues found in watchOS 3. watchOS 3.1 beta 2 was not any different either, and as of right now it appears that watchOS 3.1 beta 3 also appears to flow the same way with the usual “bug fixes and performance enhancements” at the helm of the changes with this point release.
That said, we will be sure to update this post as and when more information surfaces regarding watchOS beta 3, but don’t hold your breath on something amazing to peek through just yet.
The latest beta can be downloaded over-the-air by registered developers using the update mechanism in the Apple Watch app on their iPhone which should be running iOS 10. Also make sure that your Apple Watch is also charged up to at least 50% or plugged into a power source before you begin installing the update.
For those who currently do not have an earlier beta of watchOS 3.1 installed and are not registered developers, you will first need to enroll and register yourself as a developer at developer.apple.com, which of course is a paid experience.