Apple releases watchOS 3.2 Beta 1 with the new Theater Mode

Apple has officially announced the availability of the watchOS 3.2 Beta 1 for its Apple Watch. Today’s beta is only available for registered developers and includes the watchOS 3.2 SDK (Software Developer Kit) to allow developers build new apps for the final release of the upcoming Apple Watch OS.

watchOS 3.2 Beta 1: Whats New

Apart from the typical bug fixes and performance improvements, the watch 0S 3.2 Beta 1 includes the rumored Theater Mode, which was apparently said to arrive in iOS 10.3. Though, it arrives in the first beta build of the upcoming watchOS 3.2. Once triggered, the Theater Mode ensures that the Apple Watch enters silent mode, so that owners can use the watch discretely without annoying or disturbing people around. Apple has already filed for a patent that explains similar technology for use in movie theaters and cinemas.

Besides, the new watch0S 3.2 beta build also features SiriKit integration to allow developers create apps for the Apple Watch with Siri support. It could bring a lot more functionality to the Apple Watch, enabling users to order food, book a cab or flight tickets, or make payments by giving simple voice commands to Siri.

Despite being the first beta, it comes with a comprehensive list of Xcode frameworks and tools designed to help developers create some intuitive and useful apps for watchOS. Notably, it arrives with the latest Xcode IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and Instruments analysis utility.

Moreover, Apple is working to improve the overall user experience on the Apple Watch by bringing a slew of security patches, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

How to download watchOS 3.2 Beta

Registered developers who wish to download the watchOS 3.2 Beta, can do so by installing the configuration profile directly onto their Apple Watch. The company has also provided instructions in the release notes which developers can find on their Apple Developer account. It also includes a list of details about some known issues and bugs should be fixed by the time the next watchOS 3.2 beta build starts rolling out.

And in case you missed, Apple also started rolling out the first Beta builds of its upcoming iOS 10.3, MacOS 10.12.4 Sierra, and tvOS 10.2 operating systems for Public Beta testers, which can be downloaded and installed right now. Also, the company has released the new iOS 10.2.1 upgrade for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices with security updates and patch fixes.