Apple’s Second WatchOS 4 Developer Beta Release Now Available

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Ankita Shah
Ankita Shah
Content writer at TechGenYZ

A few days back, Apple launched watchOS 4. Now the tech giant has uncovered the second version beta for the developers. The operating system will be able to access iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 2, vs. 11, and Xcode 9. The new update comes with more than 50 enhanced features across the platform, including app list navigation, text UI, list view, and more.

According to reports, the new version brings in a number of changes in Apple’s smartwatch-like various elements for fitness, along with the ability to sync data with workout machines and much more. Following is the list of various features:

Watch Faces

Siri face on watchOS 4 will display relevant reminders according to your schedule and location. It is similar to Siri showing relevant information on iOS.

The Kaleidoscope watch face displays less information, making it simple and easy to understand. Apple has also included new Toy Story watch faces that consist of characters like Woody and Buzz Lightyear, making it more interesting. The Toy Story watches face will animate the character whenever you bring your Apple Watch.

Apple Music

The other feature of Apple is the new Apple Music app in watchOS 4 that allows users to access their music library at ease. It also integrates with the Activity app, so when you start a new workout, a relevant playlist will also start playing by Apple Music.

Activity and Workout

This app will help users by giving suggestions depending on their workout history. The workout app has been upgraded in such a way that it allows users to start a workout without tracking. Apple has also designed a custom algorithm that will be able to track High-Intensity Interval Tracking.

If this was not enough, the Apple Watch would also be able to communicate with various gym equipment and sync data with them by enabling two-way data sync. The Apple Watch will be paired with the equipment via NFC to achieve this. This will make various treadmill and gym machines synced with the Apple watch based on the data recorded.

New APIs

WatchOS 4 is also equipped with various APIs, allowing developers to build robust apps for different platforms. This feature will allow the developers to build applications that will be able to go into a full-screen mode, overlapping layers, Water Lock API, background audio recording and navigation, and single-process runtime. The new Core Bluetooth API makes it possible for many devices to be able to establish communication with Apple Watch.

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