watchOS 4 Stories September 24, 2019

[Update 9/24/2019: This is still the default behavior two years later, and it can be especially frustrating on the new Apple Watch Series 5.

The new Apple Watch has an always-on display that shows your watch face and the Workout app even when your wrist isn’t raised, but all other apps are blurred out with a digital clock in the corner. That includes the Now Playing screen even if audio is playing from your iPhone, preventing your watch face from showing at a glance.

Read below for instructions on disabling the default auto-launch audio apps feature.]

watchOS 4 introduced a new default behavior to auto-launch audio apps when you wake the screen while playing audio on your Apple Watch or iPhone.

Auto-launching Now Playing can be useful when you’re playing music from the watch or a podcast from the phone for example. Instant access to play/pause and seek controls on the watch screen and the ability to spin the Digital Crown to adjust volume is really great when using AirPods since they lack physical controls. It’s sort of like the Now Playing card on the iPhone lock screen.

But this behavior isn’t always ideal on the Apple Watch. Luckily there’s a simple way to turn it off.

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watchOS 4 Stories May 30, 2018

After releasing one bug fix update for Apple Watch yesterday, Apple is back with another today — at least for developers. watchOS 4.3.2 beta 1 is now available for developer testing on all Apple Watch models.

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watchOS 4 Stories May 29, 2018

watchOS 4.3.1 now available for Apple Watch, includes startup bug fix

watchOS 4.3.1 is now available for all Apple Watch models after a few weeks of developer beta testing. The latest software update includes a bug fix for an issue that affected some users.

watchOS 4 Stories May 14, 2018

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 5 for Apple Watch now available

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 5 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps.

watchOS 4 Stories May 7, 2018

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 4 for Apple Watch now available

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 4 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps.

watchOS 4 Stories May 1, 2018

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 3 for Apple Watch now available

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 3 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps.

watchOS 4 Stories April 16, 2018

watchOS 4.3.1 beta 2 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps.

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watchOS 4 Stories April 10, 2018

The latest watchOS beta, 4.3.1, introduces a new alert when launching original watchOS 1 WatchKit applications, hinting that such apps may be dropped entirely in watchOS 5. expand full story

watchOS 4 Stories March 29, 2018

Apple is officially releasing watchOS 4.3 for all Apple Watches today. The latest software update includes several new features and changes including restored Music control for iPhone libraries from Apple Watch, more data points on the Siri watch face, portrait orientation for Nightstand Mode, updated alerts when unlocking Macs, and several animation changes including charging and loading apps.

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watchOS 4 Stories March 16, 2018

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 6 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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watchOS 4 Stories March 6, 2018

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 4 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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watchOS 4 Stories February 21, 2018

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.

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watchOS 4 Stories November 16, 2017

Apple today shared a news update encouraging developers to update their Apple Watch apps for watchOS 4. The update also shares that watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted next year.

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watchOS 4 Stories October 9, 2017

watchOS 4.1 beta 2 for all Apple Watch models is now available for developers to test. The upcoming watchOS update brings Apple Music streaming over Wi-Fi and LTE plus a new Radio app to Apple Watch. macOS 10.13.1 beta 2 and tvOS 11.1 beta 2 are also now available for testing.

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watchOS 4 Stories October 4, 2017

Apple today has released watchOS 4.0.1 to Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular users. The update comes two weeks following the release of watchOS 4. The update is available now to Apple Watch users and specifically contains a fix for cellular Series 3 models…

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watchOS 4 Stories September 27, 2017

Apple just dropped new developer betas for each platform, and watchOS 4.1 beta appears to include the promised Apple Music streaming and the new Radio app. Apple promised both new features as coming in October during the Apple Watch Series 3 announcement.

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Apple has released the first iOS 11.1 beta for developer testing on iPhone and iPad. We’ll update with what changes are included as soon as the new releases are installed on our devices. Features we’ll be watching for include Apple Pay Cash, AirPlay 2, and Messages in iCloud which were all announced but not included in iOS 11.0.

Apple has also released watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 developer betas.

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watchOS 4 Stories September 26, 2017

Shazam has released a new version of its Apple Watch app that accompanies the iOS software. The update to the popular music discovery app features a fresh design, faster performance, and LTE support for Apple Watch Series 3.

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watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need and make the watch face more useful.

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watchOS 4 Stories September 19, 2017

Things by Cultured Code has long been my go-to task management app of choice, and today the app suite is getting a big update thanks to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Things 3.2 works with Siri for the first time (no more Reminders workaround!) and there’s powerful drag and drop support on the iPad.

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watchOS 4 is out today as a free update for all Apple Watch models. The latest version brings three new watch faces including Toy Story and Siri, new versions of Music and the Heart Rate app, enhancements to the Activity and Workout apps including High Intensity Interval Training, and much more.

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watchOS 4 Stories September 12, 2017

tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 GM now available to developers

Apple has officially released the GM build of its watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 to developers and public beta testers. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, and more. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, and AirPlay 2.

watchOS 4 Stories August 28, 2017

watchOS 4 beta 8 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the eighth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

watchOS 4 Stories August 21, 2017

watchOS 4 beta 7 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the seventh watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

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