Apple has released the watchOS 8.7 to all users. The first beta was released just a day after watchOS 8.6 was released for Apple Watch Series 3 and later models. The update featured support for ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications in Mexico.
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What’s new in watchOS 8.7?
July 20 – Apple has released the final version of watchOS 8.7 to all users. The update contains bug fixes and performance improvements but no new features or changes.
July 12 – Apple has released watchOS 8.7 release candidate to developers.
July 18 – Apple has released the second watchOS 8.7 release candidate to developers.
July 5 – Apple has released the fifth beta for watchOS 8.7.
June 28 – The fourth developer beta and public beta for watchOS 8.7 are now available.
June 15 – The third public beta is now available.
June 14 – The third developer beta is now available.
June 1 – The second public beta is now available.
May 31 – The second developer beta is now available.
May 19 – The first public beta is now available.
May 18 – The first watchOS 8.7 beta has been released today. Apple has not shared any details with regards to the changes or new features in this release.
We will update this post if we find any new features.
The last major watchOS update was watchOS 8.5 which was released with support for authorizing Apple TV purchases and subscriptions right from the Watch, and COVID-19 vaccination cards in the Wallet app which lets users add vaccination records, test results, and recovery history. The update also included an enhanced algorithm for irregular rhythm notifications, which feature improved detection for arterial fibrillation.
watchOS 8.7 is compatible with the following Apple Watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 3
watchOS 8.7 is available for download by installing a beta profile from Apple Developer Center. Once the beta profile is downloaded to the Apple Watch via a connected iPhone, go to the Watch app > General > Software Update and wait for the new beta update to appear. Place your Apple Watch on its charger and make sure that it has at least 50% battery charge, before starting the update process.
It is important to note that this is a developer beta and could be buggy. Apple recently added functionality that allows users to restore Apple Watch, but it is still a risk that you should understand before installing a beta build on your Watch.