Apple releases watchOS 6.1 developer beta 1

Apple has released watchOS 6.1 developer beta 1. The new update comes right after watchOS 6 was released to the public last week. It is likely that Apple has a list of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, due to which they are already working on the 6.1 release.

watchOS 6.1

To download the new beta, you must register to Apple’s Developer Program for a $99/year membership. This will give you access to download the beta profile, which can be installed to enroll your Apple Watch in the beta program.

Everything new in watchOS 6.1 beta

Before you decide to upgrade your Apple Watch to watchOS 6.1 beta, note that there are a number of bugs and other issues with this update. Here are some of the major ones from Apple’s release notes:

  • Some of the watch faces new to watchOS 6 aren’t currently available in watchOS 6.1 beta.
  • There are known incompatibilities developing and debugging from Xcode 11 on an Apple Watch running watchOS 6.1 beta. Update to the new Xcode beta when it becomes available.

So, you might want to hold on from updating to this beta just yet.

Note: watchOS 6.1 is compatible with all Apple Watch models, except Apple Watch Series 0.

Apple had recently released watchOS 6 to public. The new update was released with a number of features including an on-device App Store which lets users browse and download apps to their Apple Watch, without relying on their iPhone. A number of new apps are also included in watchOS 6 with the likes of Calculator, Voice Memos, Reminders and Audiobooks. Activity and health features also received some updates, with watchOS 6 allowing menstrual Cycle Tracking as well as noise levels tracking. Apple also included 5 new watch faces, and updated a few existing ones in the new operating system. At the time of writing, watchOS 6 is still not out for Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2.