Apple has released the first watchOS 7.2 developer beta. The update is available via Apple Developer Center, as well as over-the-air for existing developer beta testers.
watchOS 7.2 Developer Beta
Apple has not shared any release notes for this update. If you already had the beta profile installed on your Apple Watch, you can easily update over-the-air by going to Watch > Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.
Alternatively, watchOS 7.2 developer beta can be installed by going to the Apple Developer Center and download a profile to your paired iPhone. This will enroll your Apple Watch in the beta testing program, and allow you to download the new software update to the watch. However, it is important to note that there is no way to downgrade Apple Watch from a beta operating system update to a stable one. Also, in case something goes wrong and the beta watchOS update bricks your Apple Watch, you will have to take it to the Apple Store for recovery. It cannot be recovered at home, like iPhone and iPad.
watchOS 7.2 beta is compatible with the following models:
What’s new in watchOS 7.2 Developer Beta
So far, the only noticeable change in watchOS 7.2 is the inclusion of cardio fitness feature for health tracking. This is done by measuring VO2 Max, which is the minimum amount of oxygen that a person’s body can consume when exercising. With watchOS 7.2, cardio fitness notifications will be available on Apple Watch in specific scenarios, as per Apple:
Apple Watch can notify you if your cardio fitness reaches a level where you may experience limitations in your daily activity.
At the time of writing, we have not found any other new changes in watchOS 7.2 beta.
Apple has previously released watchOS 7.1 with the ability to be notified when headphone audio loudness could impact hearing, ECG and irregular heart notifications support for Korea and Russia, and a bunch of bug fixes.