watchOS 3.2 beta 1 is out with Theater Mode and more

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SiriKit is one of the biggest features in watchOS 3.2.
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The first beta build of watchOS 3.2 has finally been made available to developers today, less than a week after iOS 10.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 1 came out.

Among the new features in watchOS 3.2 beta 1 is a new Theater Mode that makes wearing an Apple Watch in movie theaters a little less annoying for fellow film watchers.

Registered developers can grab watchOS 3.2 beta 1 via the Apple Watch app for iPhone. To update your watch go to General >> Software Update. You’ll need 50% battery and for the device to be placed on its charger.

What’s inside watchOS 3.2

The release notes for watchOS 3.2 beta 1 were published last week so we already know a lot about what the new additions were included. Theater Mode lets users mute sounds for notifications on their Apple Watch. It also turns off the raise-to-wake display feature.

Wearers will still get notifications with haptic feedback while in Theater Mode. You can then then view their notifications by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.

Another big addition is the inclusion of the new SiriKit for Apple Watch that gives developers the ability to put Siri commands into their apps.

Apple Watch owners will soon be able to use Siri to book a ride, send messages, make payments and more. Apple says the following services are supported by SiriKit out of the gate, with more coming later:

  • Messaging
  • Payments
  • Ride booking
  • Workouts
  • Calling
  • Searching for photos