Apple seeds the release candidate update of watchOS 10.2 to the testers. The RC build comes out after two months of testing and four betas. If you are a developer, then you can now try out the more stable version of watchOS 10.2 on your Apple Watch.
watchOS 10.2 is a big upgrade for Apple Watch, bundling a bunch of new features and changes. The update weighs 544MB in size for downloading, available to both developers and public beta testers. Apple pushes the new update to the watch with the 21S364 build number.
For unawares, Apple tests the upcoming upgrade by pushing release candidates to the developers. This is the final build, indeed, the same will be released to the public most probably by the next week.
Moving to the features and changes, then watchOS 10.2 brings the Access and log Health app data with Siri (for Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2), enables the ability to swipe to change watch faces in settings, ability to confirm end workouts in settings, resolves an issue which causes watch faces not showing on watch added from the watch app on iPhone, and more.
Here’s the complete release notes coming with watchOS 10.2 release candidate.
- Access and log Health app data with Siri (Available on Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2)
- Automatically view Now Playing when in proximity of HomePod (2nd generation) or HomePod mini playing media from Music or Podcasts (Available on Apple Watch Series 6 and later and Apple Watch Ultra)
- Enable the ability to swipe to change watch faces in Settings
- Enable the ability to confirm ending workouts in Settings
- Prioritize the volume of either the music or trainers’ voices in most Fitness+ workouts
- Resolves an issue that can cause watch faces added in the Watch app on iPhone to not appear on Apple Watch
watchOS 10.2 Release Candidate
If your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest version of iOS 17.2 release candidate, then you can easily sideload the watchOS 10.2 beta on your Watch.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap General > Software Update.
- Select Beta Updates and enable watchOS 10 Developer Beta or Public Beta option.
- Go back and download the release candidate of watchOS 10.2.
- That’s it.
Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged at least 50% and connected to a WiFi network. After installing the beta profile, open the Apple Watch app on your phone, head over to General > Software Update > Download and Install, then install the new software.
Now the watchOS 10.2 RC will download and transfer to your Apple Watch. And after the completion of the installation process, your watch will restart. Once all done, you can start using your Apple Watch.
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