Developers get their mitts on first watchOS 6.2.8 beta

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watchOS 6.2.8 beta is out
watchOS 6.2.8 Developer Beta 1 starts the testing process for the next Apple Watch update.
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Apple on Wednesday gave developers their very first look at watchOS 6.2.8. When it moves past the beta stage, this update squash some bugs. It’s not yet known if there will be any new features.

This beta version will not be released to the public. Average users will have the await for the final version.

The notes for this prerelease version are quite generic. Apple says only, “This beta version of watchOS 6.2.8 contains bug fixes and improvements.”

It comes on the heels of the mid-May release of watchOS 6.2.5, which included a trio of new faces in the Pride series, and brought the ECG features to Apple Watch users in Saudi Arabia.

Work on a new beta version continues even though Apple is expected to unveil watchOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference later this month.

watchOS 6.2.8 Beta 1 is only for developers

Apple Watch isn’t part of the this company’s public beta software program. Pre-release version of system software updates are always reserved only for developers.

This means that can only be installed by those who have paid a $100 annual fee to join the Apple Developer Program.