Apple has seeded watchOS 7.4 beta 2 to developers for testing purposes. The update is released with iOS 14.5 beta 2 and it includes the ability to unlock an iPhone via Apple Watch while wearing a mask, a much-needed feature in the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, other found features in watchOS 7.4 code are Apple Fitness+ and support for AirPlay 2 to This means that workouts can be cast to an AirPlay 2-enabled TV or set-top box. One limitation here is that the live Apple Watch metrics, such as heart rate do not show up on the screen when streamed via AirPlay.
watchOS 7.4 beta 2 features
As per the release notes, users must be wearing their Apple Watch or have them close by to unlock their smartphone while wearing a mask.
iPhone can use your Apple Watch to unlock when Face ID detects a face with a mask. Your Apple Watch must be nearby, on your wrist, unlocked, and protected by a passcode.
After the first time pairing, users will be able to unlock their iPhones automatically via their Apple Watches. Click here to learn how to unlock an iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask.
watchOS 7.4 beta 2 compatible watch models
watchOS 7.4 beta 2 is compatible with the following Apple Watch models:
How to download and install watchOS 7.4 beta 2
To download the latest watchOS 7.4 beta 2 on your Apple Watch, started by installing iOS 14.5 beta 2 on your iPhone. Next, install the proper configuration profile from Apple’s beta testing website. Then, launch the Apple Watch app on iPhone, watchOS 7.4 beta 2 will be available to download from there. Make sure your Apple Watch has over 50 percent of battery life and plugged in. Do not remove your smartwatch from charging until the installation process is complete.