Apple Watch is taking a big stride toward independence from the iPhone. It’s possible to install the latest watchOS 6 beta directly to the Apple wearable … sort of.
This is all part of an ongoing move to make Apple Watch a stand-alone computer.
Direct download of watchOS 6
This second watchOS 6 beta, which Apple seeded to developers Monday, includes a method for requesting an operating system update nearly identical to the iPhone’s: Just go to Settings > General > Software Update to begin the direct download.
However, watchOS 6 beta 2 still requires the user to approve the upgrade on their iPhone.
A big step toward Apple Watch independence
Previously, new watchOS versions had to be installed completely through an iPhone, so this change is a significant one.
It’s also in line with the brand-new App Store for Apple Watch. This allows users to finally install apps and games right from their wrists. Beyond that, developers can build apps just for Watch, without an iPhone component.
The full version of watchOS 6 is expected this fall.