Apple is rolling out the fourth watchOS 3.1.1 beta for developers testing the pre-release software update for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.1.1 includes support for new Unicode 9.0 emoji as well as the ability to change skin tones when picking certain emoji characters.
Release notes and version numbers for the latest builds have been published, and over-the-air downloads should follow shortly. [Update: OTA now available as well.]
watchOS 3.1.1 is a minor release that follows the major release of watchOS 3.0 in September. watchOS 3 is a major speed boost to Apple Watch with a simplified navigation structure and new, faster apps. watchOS 3.1 followed in October and delivered a fix for battery life issues among other changes.
watchOS 3.1.1 is compatible with all Apple Watches. Apple launched its second generation model with the Apple Watch Series 2 in September, adding a built-in GPS, brighter display, and swim proof water resistance. Check out 9to5Mac’s full review for more details.
Apple also recently released its runner-focused Apple Watch Nike+ line which includes the same features as Apple Watch Series 2 plus unique Nike Sport bands and special Nike+ Run Club watch faces.
watchOS 3.1.1 will likely be released in December when iOS 10.2 is expected to come out of beta. Developers can find the latest watchOS 3.1.1 beta awaiting in the Watch app under Software Updates when running iOS 10.2 beta.