Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

New in watchOS 4.3

  • ‘Apple Watch’ now ‘Speaker’ in Control Center AirPlay
  • iPhone Music control restored in Music app on Apple Watch, can AirPlay from iPhone to AirPlay speakers from Apple Watch control
  • New charging animation
  • Portrait orientation for Nightstand Mode (clearly for AirPower)

See our hands-on video with the original below:

New in Beta 3

  • New animation when launching apps that need to load (hard to capture on Series 3!)
  • New alert style when unlocking Macs with Apple Watch

Notes and Known Issues


• If watchOS 4.3 beta 1 or later doesn’t install on Apple Watch (1st Generation), remove any existing beta software profile, update to watchOS 4.2.2, re-install the beta software profile, and then update to watchOS beta 3.

For more information on finding the model of your Apple Watch, see https://


Resolved Issues

• The battery complication no longer reports remaining battery percentage in increments of 5. (36558500)


Resolved Issues

• Weather will now report information for greater China. (37331232)

Refresh for updates. Also share tips at tips@9to5mac or and on Twitter @9to5macand @apollozac.

About the Author

Zac Hall's favorite gear