Apple seeds watchOS 4 beta 5 to developers

Along with iOS 11 beta 5, Apple today seeded watchOS 4 beta 5 to the registered developers and members of its developer program.

Non-developers are not permitted to test the software because the company’s official public beta-testing program currently does not support the watchOS platform.

If you’re a developer and would like to install watchOS 4 beta 5 on your Apple Watch over the air, tap My Watch → General → Software Update in the Watch app on your paired iPhone.

Your phone must be running iOS 11 beta 5 to see and download watchOS 4 beta 5.

TUTORIAL: How to switch from watchOS beta to public release

Your Apple Watch and paired iPhone must use appropriate configuration profiles, available via Apple’s Dev Center portal. The watch must be connected to its paired iPhone, have at least 50 percent power and be placed on its magnetic charging disk in order to install the beta.

Andrew’s hands-on videos, embedded below, discuss all the changes in the previous beta, such as new animations, all- new Toy Story faces, icon tweaks, tons of bug fixes and more.

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watchOS 4 brings more intelligence and fitness features to Apple Watch.

There are three new watch faces in watchOS 4 to choose from, including a Toy Story face, a dedicated Siri face that displays dynamic information based on your habits and other data, plus the new Now Playing and Apple News complications.

The Workout app has built-in music playback controls and supports calisthenics workouts.

Thanks to Apple’s partnership with leading equipment makers, your Apple Watch will interface with dedicated gym equipment to share data like your heart rate while using equipment data like steps taken in order to more accurately calculate calories burned.

New monthly challenges in the Activity app take advantage of intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement to keep you motivated. These are just a few of the plethora of feature changes and improvements that will be available to fans of the Apple wearable when the watchOS 4 software update releases for public consumption this fall.

If you have discovered noteworthy changes in watchOS 4 beta 5 in terms of outward-facing features or under-the-hood improvements, tell us via tips@iDownloadBlog.com.

Alternatively, just post them in the comments section below.

We’ll be making sure to update the article as soon as new information becomes available.

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