Apple Seeds watchOS 3.2 Beta 7 to Developers With Theater Mode


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Apple continues forward with beta seeds for watchOS 3.2, the next major version of the OS for the Apple Watch.

Now, Apple has officially seeded the seventh developer beta for watchOS 3.1, which, as expected, does indeed feature Theater Mode on board. 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:

“Introduced in watchOS 3.1.3, Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.”

The other big addition, which Apple detailed in its own published documents, is the addition of support for SiriKit, which will let Apple Watch app developers access Siri in the same way that iOS 10-based apps already do:

“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:

Messaging
Payments
Ride booking
Workouts
Calling
Searching photos”

Developers must have iOS 10 installed on their iPhone to take advantage of the beta. The software 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.

At the time of publication, no other major additions have been discovered, but if anything is found, we’ll update this post accordingly.

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