After two months of testing, Apple today released the next big incremental upgrade for the Apple Watch. Yes, I am talking about the watchOS 10.2. The substantial upgrade comes with a list of new features and enhancements. Read on to know more about the watchOS 10.2 public.
Apple seeds the new software upgrade to the existing Apple Watch users with a 21S364 build number. As a big upgrade, it weighs around 550MB on my Apple Watch Series 7.
watchOS 10.2 comes alongside iOS 17.2, iPadOS 17.2, macOS 14.2, and tvOS 17.2. So, yes, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 17.2 to access all new features of the watchOS 10.2 on your Apple Watch.
In terms of changes, watchOS 10.2 stable update 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 Update
If your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest version of iOS 17.2, then you can easily sideload the watchOS 10.2 on your Watch.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap General > Software Update.
- Select the Download and Install option on the new update.
- 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 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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