Apple Watch’s new ‘Portraits’ face is now available in watchOS 8 beta 2

At the WWDC21 event, Apple announced watchOS 8 for its smartwatch. Scheduled for the Fall 2021 release, the upcoming Apple Watch operating system will come with a new ‘Portraits’ watch face along with new workouts, health features, and more. In beta 2 of the upcoming watchOS version, Apple has rolled out the new Portrait feature. In current watchOS 7 software, users can use Photos face but without any complications, the photo takes up the whole screen.

watchOS 8 portraits watch face

Apple Watch gets new ‘Portraits’ watch face in watchOS 8 beta 2

Spotted by 9to5Mac, in watchOS 8 beta 2 users can select up to 24 Portraits in the gallery to use them as an Apple Watch face with up to complications: date and time. The release notes read;

See your favorite portrait photos as a watch face. The portraits are cropped to focus on the people in them, fit the display, and integrate the time. You can choose from three different type styles and select up to 24 photos. A new photo appears each time you raise your wrist or tap the display.”

To add photos for Portraits, users will have to open the Face Gallery tab in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone and then select the ‘add’ option to select the desired photo for the library. There are two complications layout options: data in the middle or at the bottom and there are three text fonts: classic, modern and rounded.

watchOS 8 - Portrait Face

Introduced at the WWDC21 event, the Cupertino tech company said that Photos face is the most popular watch face and now it is updating the feature with more capabilities.

The new Portraits watch face brings to life stunning portrait photos shot on iPhone with an immersive, multilayered effect, intelligently recognizing faces in photos and cropping in to highlight the subject. The Photos app is also redesigned, offering new ways to view and navigate collections, Memories and Featured Photos now sync to Apple Watch, and photos can be shared through Messages and Mail with the new Share Sheet.

watchOS 8 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and later paired with an iPhone 6s or later. It requires iOS 15.

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