Apple releases watchOS 9.3 release candidate for developers

Yesterday, Apple announced the new MacBook Pro (2023) and Mac Mini 2. Today, Apple releases a newer version of the original HomePod. In addition to the new products, the tech titan kicks off the release candidate builds of upcoming software updates. Yes, Apple rolls out the RC build of iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, tvOS 16.3, and macOS 13.2. Continue reading to learn more about the watchOS 9.3 release candidate.

Release Candidate aka RC is the new naming for Apple’s Golden Master builds, this is the final build rolling to the testers with the 20S648 version number. It weighs 224MB in size, you can easily install it on your Apple Watch. For unawares, the watchOS 9 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models. The final public build is expected to be released next week.

Talking about the changes, then the watchOS 9.3 comes with a new Unity Mosaic watch face to honor Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month. Apart from that you can expect system wide improvements and some new features as well. However, Apple didn’t mention feature details in the changelog. Here’s the release notes coming with watchOS 9.3 RC.

watchOS 9.3 Release Candidate – What’s New

  • watchOS 9.3 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including new Unity Mosaic watch face to honor Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month.

If your iPhone is running on iOS 16.3 release candidate then you can upgrade your Apple Watch to the watchOS 9.3 release candidate. If your Apple Watch is already running on watchOS 9.3 beta, then you will receive the release candidate build over the air. Here’s how you can update your watch to the release candidate.

  1. At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on My Watch.
  3. Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
  4. Enter the password for confirmation.
  5. Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Once done, tap on install.


  • Charge your Apple Watch to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi for internet connection.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 16.

Once you tap the install button, it will download and install the newest update on your Apple Watch. Once the installation process is completed, the watch will automatically reboot to the latest watchOS 9.3 release candidate.

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