Following a series of beta seeds, Apple has officially released watchOS 3.2 to the public.
Apple has officially released the next version of watchOS, the operating system equipped on the Apple Watch. With it, the smartwatch is getting a few new additions, including Theater Mode, which will reduce the display’s activeness when equipped — an oft-requested feature for those who go to movie theaters. With Theater Mode, Apple Watch owners will be able to turn off the “raise to wake” feature, making sure it doesn’t turn on during the middle of a movie unexpectedly. Haptic feedback will still work while in Theater Mode, and the wearer can tap on the display or press the Digital Crown to get the screen to turn on.
watchOS 3.2 also includes expanded support for SiriKit, which means owners have access to a plethora of new options via the digital personal assistant. Here are the details, as outlined by Apple during its beta period:
“watchOS 3.2 includes SiriKit. Users can ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, or make other requests that your app can handle.
Apps that provide services in specific domains can use SiriKit to make those services available through Siri on watchOS. Making your services available requires creating one or more app extensions using the Intents and Intents UI frameworks. SiriKit in watchOS supports services in the following domains:
- Ride booking
- Searching photos”
watchOS 3.2 can be installed through the dedicated Watch iOS app, by heading into General –> Software Update. To download and install the beta, the App Watch must have 50% of its battery charged, and the device must be charging as well. The iPhone must be within range of the wearable as well.