Apple has released the first developer beta for watchOS 5.1.2 for all compatible Apple Watch models. The beta is available as an OTA update for users who already have the developer profile installed.
Apple had released watchOS 5.1 on October 30, with support for Group FaceTime audio calls, 70 new emojis and a new Color watch face.
This new beta build comes just a couple of days after the final release of watchOS 5.1.1, which was rolled back once after reports that it was bricking Apple Watch Series 4 for some users. Apple fixed the issue and re-released the update 2 days ago. Users who ended up with a bricked Watch are advised to contact Apple for a replacement.
What’s new in watchOS 5.1.2 beta?
watchOS 5.1.2 beta contains a number of new features for the Infograph watch face in Apple Watch Series 4 and Walkie-Talkie for Apple Watch Series 1 and above.
Infograph watch face
Users had complained about the low number of complications for Apple’s built-in apps for the new Infograph watch face exclusive to Apple Watch Series 4. This new watch face takes advantage of the larger display on the new watch and is able to show more complications. With watchOS 5.1.2, Apple has added a number of new complications for the following apps:
- Apple News
Walkie-Talkie is available as a voice communication app that can be used to send and receive short messages between Apple Watch users. With watchOS 5.1.2, Apple has added a toggle in Control Center to allow users to easily enable or disable it.
Download watchOS 5.1.2
To download and install watchOS 5.1.2 beta on Apple Watch, you must be a registered Apple Developer. The membership is available for $99/year. Alternatively, you can download the profile from here to register your Watch for developer beta updates.
Download the profile using Safari on your iPhone and when iOS asks, install the profile to your Apple Watch. Once installation is complete, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update to download the beta. Make sure that your Watch has at least 50% battery charge and is placed on its charger throughout the update process.
A word of caution: considering the unfortunate bricking issue that some users had to deal with, it’s better to wait a few days before updating to the latest watchOS update. Once bricked, an Apple Watch can only be fixed by Apple as there is no way to restore its operating system at home, unlike iPhone and iPad.
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