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watchOS 6 Beta 4 Release Notes

Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.

Overview

The watchOS 6 SDK provides support for developing watchOS apps for Apple Watch devices running watchOS 6. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 11 beta available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 11, see Xcode 11 Beta 4 Release Notes.

General

Resolved Issues

  • When playing audio in Music, Podcasts, or Books on iPhone, the counterpart watchOS app launches as expected to the Now Playing view. (51591666)

  • Reinstalling built-in apps reinstalls both the iOS app and the watchOS counterpart app. (50799441)

  • Close buttons are positioned correctly in modally presented interfaces. (51679414)

  • Apps can consistently send data over WatchConnectivity. (51653277)

Activity

Known Issues

  • Workouts might be missing maps and weather information. (53159089)

App Store

Resolved Issues

  • Apps no longer download twice under certain conditions. (49426944)

  • You can consistently download apps from App Store on Apple Watch. (48607063)

Calculator

Known Issues

  • Firmly pressing a button in Calculator might cause buttons to become stuck. (50738294)

    Workaround: Tap any button.

Clock

Resolved Issues

  • You can create timers from a Siri watch face suggestion. (49862136)

Emergency SOS

Resolved Issues

  • Cellular-capable watches consistently send SMS messages to your emergency contacts during an SOS call. (52191342)

Localization

Known Issues

  • Certain languages might display text that isn’t localized. (47765173)

Location

Known Issues

  • Temporary, “Allow Once” location authorization isn’t currently supported. (50385453)

Maps

Resolved Issues

  • You can navigate from an origin location that’s different than your current location when a watch running watchOS 6 is paired to your iPhone. (47399367)

Networking

New Features

Resolved Issues

  • URLSession instances can consistently use the cellular interface of your phone to complete HTTP requests. (51529443)

Deprecations

Notifications

New Features

  • To send a UserNotifications push to a watchOS device, a new apns-push-type key is now required as part of the APNs request header. Depending on the type of notification, this key can be set to alert or background and is supported across all Apple platforms. (47099534)

Podcasts

Known Issues

  • Asking Siri to play a podcast on Apple Watch might result in an error message. (50392036)

Settings

Known Issues

  • Do Not Disturb settings might not synchronize between your phone and watch until both are updated to iOS 13 beta 4 and watchOS 6 beta 4. (52830669)

  • Dictation might remain enabled after disabling it in Settings. (49396495)

Resolved Issues

  • Apps appear correctly in Privacy settings on your watch. (51540933)

  • Sharing a Wi-Fi network password from a device to your watch no longer causes the Settings app to become unresponsive. (51639347)

  • WatchKit apps with multiple pages no longer become unresponsive when you launch them from a complication. (51640548)

  • Toggling the Auto-launch Audio Apps setting behaves as expected. (50993931)

Shortcuts

Resolved Issues

  • You don’t need to restart your watch for Shortcuts to sync. (51644759)

Siri

Known Issues

  • Announce Messages with Siri might not work with AirPods that are connected to Apple Watch. (47467681)

SwiftUI

New Features

Known Issues

  • Text in lists and stacks might be unexpectedly truncated. (51068688)

  • Image instances don’t use resizing information configured in asset catalogs. Configure the size of an image using the resizable(capInsets:resizingMode:) modifier instead. (49114577)

  • A Picker may take longer than expected to appear at runtime on watchOS. (50969430)

Resolved Issues

  • View modifier methods return opaque views (some View) rather than complex generic types. (46140669)

  • ScrollView instances always size themselves as expected for their content. (49204262)

Deprecations

WatchKit

Resolved Issues

  • Complication pushes are no longer delayed. (51201984)

Voice Memos

Resolved Issues

  • iCloud support is now available for Voice Memos. (48297994)

Xcode

Known Issues

  • If your watch debugging session continuously times out, you might need to quit and relaunch Xcode after connecting to the internet in order to download the appropriate DeviceSupport files. (50554987)

Resolved Issues