watchOS 2 app logic

In addition to iOS 9, Apple on Thursday released the fifth beta of watchOS 2 to developers. The update can be downloaded and installed over-the-air using the Apple Watch app, but  be careful because it requires your iPhone be on a recent iOS 9 beta and it’s very difficult to downgrade.

Today’s beta 5 comes a little over two weeks after beta 4, which activated Apple Pay and fixed issues with Apple ID in the Messages app and the Activity complication. It also arrives roughly two months after Apple first unveiled watchOS 2 during its June developer conference keynote.

WatchOS 2 is the first major update to the Apple Watch software since the device was released back in April. It introduces a number of new features such as the ability to run native applications, new watch faces, support for third-party complications, a new Nightstand mode and more.

Unlike with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, Apple has not released a public beta of watchOS 2, so it’s currently only available to registered developers. We are installing beta 5 on our own Apple Watches now, and will be sure to report back if we spot any major changes or improvements.

Changes in watchOS 2 beta 5:

  • New Paris – Eiffel Tower Time Lapse watch face
  • New option to keep screen on for 70 seconds after tap
  • New Quick Play Music feature
  • Giel Konink

    Always so fast LOVE IT !!! iDB the best !

  • The new beta sounds good. However, I’ll still wait for the final release this fall. I’ll install a beta on my phone, but not the Watch.

    • James G

      The reports I’ve read on Watch OS 2 betas have been littered with poor experiences (as expected). Beta 4 sounded good from a lot of people (some still reported unusable experiences) but if Beta 5 gets good reviews I’ll probably jump to it since we’re likely 4-6 weeks away from GM tops.

      MacRumors usually has much better community input on these betas.

      • I’ve been using the beta since it’s inception and the only issue I’ve had is sometimes Watch OS would completely lock up and required a hard reboot (push and hold the digital crown button and the other button at the same time). I’ve also had issues with the Messages app but it sounds like this has been fixed now.

  • Lots of devs having trouble downloading beta 5; sticks on “preparing”…..

  • Nojan Schirmer

    Anyone have trouble with the quick play (now playing glance too..) feature? And also, the watch doesn’t show your music from your iPhone and syncing playlists take forever? Anyone have a workaround for this? Thanks!