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watchOS 10.1 beta brings double-tap gesture to Apple Watch 9 and Ultra 2

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Double-tapping index finger and thumb will open a surprising amount of watch functionality.
Double-tapping index finger and thumb will open a surprising amount of watch functionality.
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The release of the watchOS 10.1 beta to developers on Wednesday brings the cool new “double tap” gesture that allows one-handed use of Apple Watch in certain cases (though it can’t be enabled yet).

In other words, it’s a way to operate the wearable without touching its screen. And once iOS 10.1 arrives in October, Apple Watch Series 9 and second-gen Apple Watch Ultra users can try it. However, even folks with older Apple Watches can try a version of it right now.

Apple offers 2 fixes for watchOS 10 Weather complication bug

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Instead of seeing the Weather complication with data shown at upper left above, folks are seeing
Instead of seeing the Weather complication with data shown at upper left above, folks are seeing "--".
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Apple suggested two ways Wednesday to fix the Weather complication bug that some Apple Watch users started seeing after upgrading to watchOS 10.

Affected wearables surface a blank reading on the screen rather than weather data, forcing users to click on the Weather app to get the information.

Making the endlessly inventive Snoopy watch face for Apple Watch

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Lift your arm to look at your Apple Watch, and you'll see a face like this turn into an animation. And there are tons of them.
Lift your arm to look at your Apple Watch, and you'll see a face like this turn into an animation. And there are tons of them.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

If you love Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy, as generations of Peanuts fans and product marketers do, you better get the new Snoopy Apple Watch face now available in watchOS 10.

After all, a ton of work went into making its endlessly inventive animations, according to a new report.

What do the Apple Watch buttons do? Click, double-click and hold.

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What do the buttons do?
The buttons on the Apple Watch switch apps, activate Apple Pay, open Siri and more.
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What do the buttons on the Apple Watch do? The Apple Watch borrows a lot from the iPhone, but the biggest difference between the two devices comes down to the extra buttons. They do different things whether you click, double-click or hold them down.

In watchOS 10, Apple changed a lot of these features. The software update added a new Widgets view, assigned Control Center to the side button and changed what double-clicking the dial does. (For older devices, consult our article about what Apple Watch buttons do in watchOS 9.)

Here’s a guide to the buttons on the Apple Watch.

Apple pushes out final versions of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS [Updated]

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iOS 17 Coming Soon
Its final form is here. Its release is a little later.
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Wonderlust 2023

Shortly after today’s announcements, Apple pushed out the release candidates for iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10. These operating systems will all be available on Monday, September 18.

macOS Sonoma has a later release date of September 26 and did not receive a release candidate today. Update: The macOS Sonoma release candidate is now out.

There are two important PSAs for developers: The release candidate of Xcode 15 does not support the visionOS SDK. App submissions for the new operating systems are now open, though.

This is when you can get iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS Sonoma [Updated]

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iPhone with iOS 17 logo
iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 are coming next week!
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Wonderlust bug

iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS Sonoma finally have a release date. The OSes have been in beta testing since WWDC23 this year.

Apple announced the official release dates of the next major iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS releases at its ‘Wonderlust’ event.

Apple Watch gains Lockdown Mode with watchOS 10

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watchOS 10 will work with Apple Watch Series 4 and newer.
Your Apple Watch will also enter Lockdown Mode starting with iOS 17 and watchOS 10.
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Apple is bringing Lockdown Mode to the Apple Watch with watchOS 10. The “extreme” protection security measure debuted on the iPhone and Mac with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura in 2022.

Designed for individuals at high risk of cyberattacks and malware, the mode imposes several restrictions on your Apple Watch’s functionality.

watchOS 10 brings Optimized Charge Limit to older Apple Watch models

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Now's your chance to grab an affordable Apple Watch 7.
An Apple Watch Ultra feature is coming to regular Apple Watch models with watchOS 10.
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watchOS 10 will bring Optimized Charge Limit, as seen on the Apple Watch Ultra, to older Apple smartwatches. The feature debuted with watchOS 9 but was only available for the Ultra wearable.

Optimized Charge Limit is different from Optimized Battery Charging. However, both features aim to extend the lifespan of your Apple Watch’s battery.

How to install the watchOS 10 Developer Beta

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watchOS 10 will work with Apple Watch Series 4 and newer.
watchOS 10 features big changes to the Apple Watch.
Photo: Apple

How can you install the watchOS 10 Developer Beta? While the release is months away, you might want to take it for a test drive or see how your apps work in the new release. Right now, you need to make sure you’re signed into your developer Apple ID and that you have developer betas turned on in the Settings app.

These days, the process is far easier. You no longer need to install a beta profile and reboot your watch a bunch of times to get it working.