Video: hands-on with new Control Center changes and more in watchOS 4.1 beta 2

The initial watchOS 4.1 beta was released just under two weeks ago, and now we have beta 2. That first beta brought with it several new user facing features including updates to the Music app, and a new Radio app.

Beta 2 adds to those features, bringing cellular support to the Radio app, and the addition of the ESPN station.

Another notable addition is the Wi-Fi toggle joining the Control Center on the Apple Watch. Now that the Series 3 has LTE support, it is useful to be able to turn Wi-Fi off, and fall back to cellular instead.

When you are not connected to your phone, but still connected to Wi-Fi, the SSID of your active network will appear in the top left corner of Control Center. This is very useful, especially when using the Apple Watch as a standalone device.

Aside from a few bug fixes, watchOS 4.1 beta 2 also brought with it all of the new emoji we also saw in iOS 11.1 and High Sierra 10.13.1.

Check out our hands-on video walkthrough.

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Here are the relevant lines from the release notes:

  • Activity no longer fails to remind you to stand 10 minutes before an hour in which you have not stood.
  • App notifications forwarded from iPhone to Apple Watch now show their app icon.
  • The ESPN station now plays in Radio.
  • The Radio app now supports Cellular connections.

I’ve been really liking the additions to Apple Music in my time with the initial beta. It’s been a much better experience than in the past. Have any of you been testing Apple Music or the new Radio app? Are you excited for the new emoji?