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