The fifth beta for watchOS 4 is now available for developers. The update is available for all Apple Watch models including first-generation, Series 1 and Series 2. If you already have beta 5 installed, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update, to download the new version.
watchOS is not available as a public beta. To install, you need to register on the Apple Developer Center. To install with an Apple Developer account, you would need to find the beta profile which will let you download and install watchOS beta 6 on your Apple Watch.
watchOS 4 has a lot of new features which include the following:
- Animated Toy Story watch faces which include Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie.
- Kaleidoscope watch face which lets you use your own images to create unique patterns.
- Intelligent proactive Siri watch face which shows your important information like upcoming events, reminders, flight information, Photos and more.
- Updated interface for Music app which puts album cover art front and center.
- Updated Workout app now supports new High Intensity Interval Training, enhanced swim tracking, syncing with gym equipment and more.
- Activity app is smarter now. It automatically provides unique monthly challenges, daily inspiration and status updates on your activity.
- Improved app launch speed and performance.
- Apps can now work in the background, auto-rotate, request location access permissions right from Apple Watch and more.
- SiriKit now supports Lists and Notes
- Apple Watch can now directly connect with Bluetooth accessories without iPhone. Developers can create apps which can control accessories and exchange data with them using a direct Bluetooth connection with the Watch.
With each operating system update, Apple Watch keeps getting better. While most users, including yours truly, still miss Glances, the improved responsiveness, speedier app launch and the Dock for app switching more than make for it. watchOS 4 will be available for all Apple Watch users this fall.