Apple today has released the sixth watchOS 2.2 beta for Apple Watch developers. watchOS 2.2 so far has added a totally revamped Apple Maps app and glance, and it’s required to use iOS 9.3 beta’s new multi-watch feature. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.
Pairing multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone works by activating the most recently unlocked, raised Apple Watch. Switching between hardware works automatically and quickly. Aside from letting enthusiastic customers have multiple Apple Watches for fashion or practical reasons, future beta testing will be easier for developers as multiple watchOS versions will be able to be tested from watchOS 2.2 and on.
watchOS 2.2 also enhances the Maps application with a new screen of actions and Nearby search powered by Yelp. Previously, Maps launched to a current location view. Starting with watchOS 2.2, Apple Watch can instantly navigate to work and home addresses and find local business organized by type. These two features incorporate actions previously introduced in Google Maps and Yelp for Apple Watch.
The changes come as Apple prepares to refresh its Apple Watch lineup later this month with new bands and more at its March press event.
I’m not sure which, but one of the recent watchOS 2.2 betas updated the Nearby icons on the new Maps glance. Before (left) and after (right):