Apple today seeded the fifth beta of a future watchOS 8.5 beta 5 upgrades to developers for testing reasons, a week after the fourth watchOS 8.5 beta 5 was released.
Apple has made watchOS 8.5 beta 5 available to all developers. This version arrives one week after the previous beta and a few weeks after Apple made watchOS 8.4.2 available to all customers.
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Apple has released watchOS 8.5 beta 5 to developers and a public beta to the general public
The current build is 19T5241a. Unlike other operating systems, there are no substantial changes in watchOS 8.5. At the very least, Apple introduced a new, non-binary Siri voice for American consumers with iOS 15.4 beta 5, which is also reflected on Apple Watch.
Developers will need to get the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center to install watchOS 8.5 beta 5 may be downloaded using the official Apple Watch app on the iPhone by navigating to General > Software update after it has been installed.
To upgrade to new software, and Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery life, be charged, and be within range of an iPhone. Before you can upgrade watchOS 8.5 beta 5, you’ll need to apply the associated iOS 15.4 update.
Emoji 14 characters are now supported in watchOS 8.5, including melting face, biting lip, heart hands, bubbles, beans, face with the diagonal mouth, palm-up hand, eggs, troll, low battery, coral, lotus, and more.
Apart from that, watchOS 8 updates have been very limited, with watchOS 8.5 beta 5 (published on January 26) containing merely a bug fix that prohibited the Apple Watch from being charged with some third-party chargers.
Apple is also testing iOS 15.4 alongside watchOS 8.5 beta 4, which includes Face ID with mask support, new emojis, and more. Universal Control is now available in beta versions of macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4. Apple’s tvOS 15.4 and HomePod 15.4 are both in their fifth beta versions.
Last but not least, customers who wish to try out Apple Watch’s latest features can sign up for the watchOS public beta program, which you can learn more about here.