Apple has released watchOS 7.4 developer beta 3 with new feature to unlock iPhone with an Apple Watch

Apple has seeded the third developer beta of watchOS 7.4 for Apple Watch. The latest update is released with the new feature to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask. The feature is designed to bring ease to the authentication process of an iPhone while wearing a mask in public due to COVID-19 precautionary health measures.

Apple Watch owners with those iPhone models featuring the Face ID authentication now will be able to unlock their smartphone via their smartwatch. However, for the feature to work on the Apple Watch, users must update their iPhone on iOS 14.5 beta 3 first.

watchOS 7.4 beta 3

The release notes read,

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.

The other new features discovered in watchOS 7.4 code are Apple Fitness+ and support for AirPlay 2. This means that users will able to cast a workout routine on an ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled TV or set-top box. One limitation here is that the live Apple Watch metrics, such as heart rate will not show up on the screen when streamed via AirPlay.

watchOS 7.4 developer beta 3 compatible watch models

watchOS 7.4 developer beta 3 is compatible with the following Apple Watch models:

Apple Watch

How to download and install watchOS 7.4 developer beta 3

To download the latest watchOS 7.4 developer beta 3 on the Apple Watch, users will have to start by installing iOS 14.5 beta 3 on their 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 3 will be available to download from there. Make sure that the Apple Watch has over 50 percent of battery life and plugged in. The smartwatch must not be removed from charging until the installation process is complete.

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