Apple issues second developer beta of watchOS 7.4


Apple is now on its second round of betas for the current generation, with watchOS 7.4 the first to be provided to developers for testing.

The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Apple issued the first generation of the current betas on February 1, though a re-issue of the first iOS 14.5 beta was provided on February 4.

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So far, only watchOS 7.4 has been issued, with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5 expected to follow. Patch notes for the update have yet to be released by Apple.

The first beta for watchOS 7.4 included the new Unity Apple Watch face, as well as allowing the Apple Watch to be used to assist Face ID when unlocking an iPhone while wearing a mask.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don’t install the betas on to “mission-critical” or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

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