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Tuesday, Apple has released a second beta of the forthcoming WatchOS 2 software update to its registered developers. Alongside the new beta firmware for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models, Apple has also released an updated version of iOS 9 Developer Preview which now carries a build number of 13A4280e.

The following changes were spotted in iOS 9 beta 2 so far:

App DeletioniOS 9 now offers to temporarily delete apps to make room for software updates. Once an iOS software update is complete, any deleted apps, along with their settings and data, are automatically reinstated.

iOS 9 App Deletion iPhone screenshot 001

Podcasts— Apple’s Podcasts app features a refreshed app icon, with the app itself receiving minor cosmetic changes.

iOS 9 beta 2 Podcasts icon
Image via MacRumors Forums.

Continuity—Handoff is now available as the leftmost “card” in iOS 9’s redesigned multitasking view. The feature was unavailable in the iOS App Switcher in the first iOS 9 beta.

iOS 9 Continuity in multitasking view iPad screenshot 001
Image via Marvin.

Low Power Mode—The wording of this feature has been revised slightly. Rather than explicitly stated that Low Power Mode results in “reduced performance,” the updated text says the feature “temporarily reduces power consumption until you can fully charge your iPhone.” In addition, the new wording makes it clear that automatic downloads are disabled when this is on.

iPad keyboard—Apple’s new keyboard on the iPad now includes a new undo/redo button in place of the copy/paste buttons. Copy and paste shortcuts are still available and appear when a block of text is selected.

News setting— The iCloud section in the stock Settings app now has a placeholder toggle to enable Apple News syncing.

Safari—Settings > Safari now includes separate toggles for the Tab and Favorites bar. An option to enable and manage Content Blockers in Safari has been removed from the Settings app.

iOS 9 beta 2 Safari settings

Search—In addition to producing more results, Spotlight search in iOS 9 beta 2 now includes a section in Settings > General > Search where you can exclude specific third-party apps from search results.

Apple Watch app—The companion Apple Watch app that was included as part of iOS 8.2 has been rechristened as Watch.

iOS 9 beta 2 Watch icon

The new watchOS 2 beta 2 can be deployed on watches that run the first beta as an over-the-air update through the Software Update feature within the Apple Watch Companion app on an iPhone running iOS 9 Developer Preview.

Similarly, iOS 9 beta 2 can be installed over-the-air on devices running the previous build by choosing Software Update in the General section of the Settings app.

Standalone installers for watchOS beta 2 and iOS 9 beta 2 are available to members of the Apple Developer Program through the Dev Center, its portal for developers.

WatchOS 2 will launch alongside iOS 9 this fall.

The software adds a number of features to Apple’s wearable device, including a Night mode, custom third-party Complications, two new watch faces, a Time Travel mode, an improved Music app and of course native apps that run directly on the watch hardware, access its sensors, take advantage of the Taptic Engine and more.

Nightstand mode Apple Watch watchOS 2

iOS 9 is all about optimization so users should expect faster performance and an additional hour of battery life, or even more if a new Low Power Mode is used.

On iPads, iOS 9 brings a much improved keyboard with a precise cursor positioning mode, an additional row of app-specific options and side-by-side apps via all-new Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture modes.

Keyboard improvements

Apps and iOS firmware updates are smaller on iOS 9 thanks to a feature called App Thinning. Other features on iOS 9 include a much-improved Notes with media attachments, bulleted lists and drawings, Maps with Transit, enhanced Mail, smarter Siri with proactivity, Spotlight recommendations, additional content sources and more.

iOS 9 is capable of running on all devices that support iOS 8. In addition to new iOS 9 and watchOS 2 betas, Apple has also released a second beta of OS X El Capitan to developers, as well as Xcode 7 beta 2, OS X Server 5.0 beta 2 and Apple Configurator 2.0 beta 2.

  • Pulkit Maloo

    A lot is going on today, first the Jailbreak and now iOS 9 Beta 2 and watchOS Beta 2.

    • Jeremy Sacks

      what a glorious day!

    • rfow

      No lie, it’s so weird, I had a dream this morning that iOS 9 beta 2 would come out today. I woke up to the jailbreak and was like mind blown that my dream was relatively close (because I was excited for either) and then I read this and now I’m convinced that I’m a psychic. LOL.

      • M2

        I have dreams about threesomes with hot women.

      • rfow

        That’s my reality. It’s not better than JB and new iOS beta in the same day though, I can tell you that much.

      • Pulkit Maloo

        True Story !

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        I don’t have dreams of it because……..

  • Dany Quirion

    Hmm im running both betas and dont have any overtheair update

    • sh1ku

      Same here. Probably the update is still spreading over the servers.

      • Must be the servers my iPad Air 2 got an OTA update but my 5S says it’s up-to-date and the Apple Watch app says I’m not connected to the Internet (which I am).

    • Nitsud

      Same haven’t seen OTA yet on my devices

  • Victor Molina

    Any battery fixes??????

    • Rares

      Are you serious? Battery fixes after not even 1 hour ?

      • ericesque

        Hey, if the battery percentage isn’t keeping time with the second hand on your watch, beta 2 is an improvement 😉

      • Victor Molina

        Not on the usage. I didn’t saw the what’s on the update list thingy

      • André Kbção £¬¬£

        The battery is killing my watch in this version, and there’s no option to return.

    • VITICO

      we gonna find out in 24 hours…i sure hope so..

  • Wilberth Barrantes

    Checking every second xD

  • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

    Installing watchos2 beta 2 right now!!!

    • Dany Quirion

      i still cant get the over the air update for that…

      • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

        it stopped the install giving me an error.

  • Nasser Mughal

    Install Beta 2 now! iPhone 6

    • Alexander Goldfarb

      Has it fixed the old issues of watchOS 2 beta 1?

  • Andrew Roth

    What’s new in the beta?

  • Guy

    I really don’t understand the point of iOS 8.4 if iOS 9 is 3 (about) months away.

    • iBanks

      That’s the point, it’s (about) 3 months away. And it’s more so to launch Apple Music now rather than later.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    I noticed the Podcasts.app icon received some love.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Anyone else get “software update failed” when trying to download OTA?

    • Jose Gonzalez

      Just updated 2 devices OTA and everything went fine.

    • Ramraj

      Yes me too

    • Chris Longden

      Yep im getting the same message.

      • Maicon Flavio Firmo Barbosa

        Same message too, what i have to do?

    • Yep, getting the same damn message. Ugh, it’s a beta so I can’t complain.

    • Ramraj

      It started now,may be it is server issues

    • Chris Longden

      ive got it now… finally just worked.

    • I got it too. Anyone have a fix or know why yet?

  • Dany Quirion

    anyone not getting apple watch os 2 beta 2 update yet?

    • Mike Dukarm

      Apple watch beta was pulled by Apple

      • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

        why?

      • Dany Quirion

        where did you get that??

  • Mike Dukarm

    It was pulled by apple

    • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

      Why?

      • Mike Dukarm

        Don’t know I just read it in macrumors they didn’t give reason. I think it was showing up on everyone devices not just the developers or something that’s what I read anyway

  • iPhoneWINS

    apple watch 3 will be amazing

  • Has anyone noticed if the battery life issue that was going on with the first beta for the iPhone, has been fix? My phone battery would drain so fast I had to reverse back.

  • Matthew Southwell

    I’ve already noticed a huge improvement in battery life. I didn’t need to wait 24 hours as my iPhone 6 was lasting around 8 hours max on the previous beta. It appears as good or better than I was getting with 8.3 with my normal usage.

    • André Kbção £¬¬£

      The battery life is a shit, and i cant returned to the 1.0.1 :/

  • If you’re on the public beta, it’s recommended you remove the profile before trying to install this developer build. I restarted my device a few times before I finally saw the update, so give it time.

  • Gil Lopez

    I’m still showing version 2.0 (13S5254w). Anybody nows what the Beta 2 version is?

    • Gil Lopez

      Got it, 13S5255c

      • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

        how when I am enrolled in dev program but I still got nothing.

  • Are any features device specific like the split screen for the iPad?

  • Chris Burke

    Im in Florida and I’m still not getting OTA Help?!?!?!?!?

  • Nicholas Osborne

    How do you use handoff in the app switcher? I can’t seem to see it at all… but handoff is turned on on my iPad and iPhone.

  • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

    so i was able to install watchos2 beta just now just used the profile config and installed it on the watch then went to the watch app on phone and hit software update and boom good to go!!!

  • Mohammed Thowseef

    Is the battery life good than beta 1.comments plz

    • VITICO

      wayyyyyyyyy better.. probably the same as 8.3

  • jalexcarter

    can anybody running the second beta of iOS 9 attest to its stability? Can’t figure out how to jb on 8.3 so figure i might as well do something cool to mix up my iDevice

  • Running 9 and 2 ; second betas. Main bug is no mail notifications unless wrist detection is deselected; which removes your credit card