Apple has seeded the first watchOS 7.4 beta to developers. The beta release comes a few days after the launch of the watchOS 7.3 update which included a new Unity watch face in celebration of Black History Month, “Time to Walk” audio workouts for the Apple Fitness+ service and availability of ECG feature in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, and Thailand, and a bug fix for Zoom accessibility feature.
The public version of the latest watchOS 7.3 update came after two beta releases and one candidate release in approximately two months time period. Therefore, it is possible that Apple might follow the same pace for watchOS 7.4 developer and public update.
watchOS 7.4 beta
At the moment, the new features in the latest beta version are not known, however, with watchOS 7.4 beta, Apple has also seeded iOS 14 which includes AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+ and has made it easier to unlock iPhone while wearing a mask via Apple Watch. Paired with the smartwatch, users will be able to unlock their iPhone without having to type in the passcode when they have their masks on. Therefore, in the coming days, we will find compatible features on watchOS 7.4 beta supporting AirPlay 2 and unlocking an iPhone.
watchOS 7.4 beta compatible Apple Watch models
watchOS 7.4 beta is compatible with the following models:
Download watchOS 7.4 beta
To download the developer beta version, users must have a beta profile installed on their Apple Watch. For $99/year, users can register for Apple’s developer software program or wait for the public beta which should be available in a few days.
Existing users with beta profiles need to go to the Watch app on their paired iPhone and open the Settings app > General > Software Update to download and install watchOS 7.4 beta. It is necessary that the Apple Watch has at least 50% battery and is placed on the charging puck throughout the installation process. And users with a passcode on their smartwatch will need to enter the PIN code for the update process to proceed.