News from Udemix, March 5 According to MacRumors today, two weeks after the release of watchOS 7.4 Developer Preview Beta 2, Apple today released watchOS 7.4 Developer Preview Beta 3. WatchOS 7.4 introduced the “Time to Walk” function, which extended the applicability of the ECG and added the ability to unlock the iPhone via the Apple Watch while wearing a mask.
How to update WatchOS 7.4 beta developer preview Beta 3?
To install WatchOS 7.4 beta, developers need to download the appropriate configuration file from the Apple Developer Center. You can download the WatchOS 7.4 beta version through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.
To update the WatchOS 7.4 Developer Preview Beta 3, the user’s Apple Watch needs to be charged 50%, it must be placed on the charger and the Apple Watch must be kept within the iPhone’s connection range.
What’s new in the watchOS 7.4 beta?
Udemix has learned that among the new features added to watchOS 7.4, it is most noticeable. “Unlock with Apple Watch” function. When the user wears a mask. So the iPhone using Face ID can use the unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch. A helpful authentication, thus unlocking annoying passwords. However, this feature requires that the user’s mobile phone must be an Apple mobile phone equipped with iOS 14.5. Users can enable this feature under Face ID and Passcode in “Settings”. When Apple Watch unlocks iPhone. So the user will feel the vibration on the wrist and receive a notification on the watch, similar to using the watch to unlock the Mac.
This new feature is limited to unlocking the user’s iPhone. The Apple Watch cannot be used to verify Apple Pay or App Store purchases. Nor can it be used to unlock those apps. Those requiring Face ID scanning. In these cases, the user is required to remove the mask and use Face ID or have to use password/password instead.
For users using Apple Fitness +, watchOS 7.4 and iPadOS 14.5 combined with iOS 14.5 can realize the Apple Fitness + AirPlay 2 transmission. So that fitness training material is broadcast on TV or set-top box. Go which supports Airplay 2. However, the Apple Watch’s user health data will not display on the screen, and this function is limited to the iPhone / iPad / Apple TV.
Udemix has found that Apple has stated that watchOS 7.4 will be released in early spring. It is therefore expected that the developers have a few weeks left to test.