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watchOS 10.1 RC available to developers with exclusive features for newer Apple Watch models

Published Oct 17th, 2023 1:13PM EDT
watchOS 10.1 beta Double Tap gesture
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Apple promised an important Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 update in October. To deliver it, the company is seeding the watchOS 10.1 Release Candidate version to developers. Besides that, some long-awaited features will be available to most Apple Watch models running watchOS 10. Here’s everything you need to know.

NameDrop from iPhone to Apple Watch lets you easily share your contact information from one iPhone to Apple Watch by approaching them. While this function is available for iPhone to iPhone with iOS 17, Apple says that nearing an iPhone to Apple Watch to perform the same action is possible with Apple Watch Series 6 and later, Apple Watch SE (1st and 2nd generation), and Apple Watch Ultra in this beta.

In addition, Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 will finally get an exclusive feature that Apple says requires the new S9 SiP:

Double tap gestures: Users can easily control the Apple Watch Series 9 using just one hand and without touching the display by tapping the index finger and thumb of their watch hand together twice to quickly and conveniently perform many of the most common actions on the Watch. The faster Neural Engine enables this new double tap gesture, which processes data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor with a new machine learning algorithm.

In addition, watchOS 10.1 RC seems to fix the weather complications bug, and the newer Watches displays are becoming too dim in low-light conditions.

Since watchOS 10 is Apple’s biggest watchOS update in years, it’s usual that some features aren’t working as expected. Still, we wait for Cupertino to fix them soon, as they’re interrupting people’s workflows – such as missing calendar appointments, being unable to see the weather, or even their heart rate.

In addition to watchOS 10.1 RC, Apple is also seeding the release candidate version of iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, and tvOS 17.1.

BGR will let you know once we learn more about this update.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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