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Developers get their mitts on first watchOS 6.2.8 beta


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.

How to set up noise alerts on your Apple Watch


Noise alerts
Things might get loud.
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In watchOS 6, your Apple Watch can monitor the noise levels around you, and warn you when things get too loud. This is an essential tool to help people who work in noisy environments avoid hearing damage, but it’s also a handy safeguard against excessive noise for anyone.

Here’s how to set up Apple Watch noise alerts.

How to add an hourly taptic chime in watchOS 6


Ring my be-e-ell, ring my bell!
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One of the defining characteristics of digital watches in the 1980s was the hourly chime. Every morning during school assembly, 9 o’clock would arrive, and with it a chorus of chimes, like electronic tweety birds at dawn. The double beeps filled the school hall. The teachers had long since given up trying to make us turn them off.

Now, you can experience the same thing with your Apple Watch. You can even make the chime sound like a real little birdie!

Apple Watch owners plagued by bad battery life under watchOS 6


Apple Watch Series 5 California Face
It could be one of many new faces.
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Apple’s recent watchOS 6 upgrade brought a host of new features and faces to Apple Watch. But it has also had a nasty impact on battery life for lots of upgraders.

Apple Watch Series 5 owners are reporting that their new wearable isn’t lasting as long as Apple promised it would in between charges. However, they’re not the only ones who are suffering.

Apple Watch Series 5: Big little changes [Review]


Apple Watch Series 5 info graph face with little alien
Apple Watch could soon help you get better sleep.
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During the past week with Apple Watch Series 5, I’ve been testing the device. Once again, I took a new watch on my family vacation to Disney World, using it whenever possible to make my life easier.

So does the Series 5, with its always-on display, live up to the hype? And is it worth the upgrade if you’re on an older version? Watch our video review, or read our full Apple Watch Series 5 review, to find out if the new watch is right for you.

Apple Watch gets tweaked by watchOS 6.0.1


watchOS 6 new features
Grab the latest Apple Watch update now.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s wearable just received its first update since the debut on watchOS 6 earlier this month. This offers a handful of bug fixes for the most recent Apple Watch models, and unspecified performance improvements are also promised.

Hands-on with the new Apple Watch Series 5 compass


Apple Watch compass
The Milanese Loop's magnet doesn't seem to trouble the compass.
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WatchOS 6 introduces a new Compass app (only for the Apple Watch Series 5), along with a couple of Compass complications. It works pretty much exactly like you’d expect, only with a few neat extras. You can access it from the All Apps screen, or by tapping the Compass complication on one of your Apple Watch faces. Let’s take a look.