Apple has recently seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one day after releasing the official watchOS 7 to the public.
In addition to watchOS 7, the Cupertino tech giant has also released the first developer betas of tvOS 14.2, iOS 14.2, and iPadOS 14.2.1. Earlier today, the company released macOS Big Sur beta 7 and an update for Xcode 12.2 beta that included references to iOS 14.2 and other updates.
Apple Seeds first watchOS 7.1 beta to Developers
The latest watchOS 7.1 beta comes with a range of bug fixes and performance improvements and it seems that there are no major new features including in this beta. As this is only the first beta of watchOS 7.1 it will be a while before the final version of the software lands, which is expected to happen sometime next month.
The latest public software update offers many new features to elevate the user experience for the Apple Watch. The update brings a native sleep tracking feature in the Health app, new watch faces, handwashing detection, and more. There are new workout types with a redesigned Fitness app (previously called Activity app).
A unique hearing feature is also introduced in watchOS 7 which will inform users of how loudly they are listening to the audio on their iPhone, Watch, iPod touch, and headphones.
watchOS 7.1 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, or Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later.
Users can update to watchOS 7 beta by accessing the iOS Watch app and navigating to General then Software Update. The smartwatch has to be at least 50% charged and placed on a charger within the range of the iPhone to install the update.
The beta versions of the upcoming updates are unstable in the testing phase which might lead to loss of data, or chances to brick the phone. Therefore, users are advised to preferably wait for the public release or install watchOS beta on a secondary device.
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