Apple Releases watchOS 3.2

Apple has officially released the next version of watchOS,, watchOS 3.2 is the second major update to the watchOS 3 operating system that was released in September of 2016. watchOS 3.2 has been in testing since January 30 and Apple seeded seven betas ahead of release.

watchOS 3.2 introduces Theater Mode, which is designed to let Apple Watch owners mute the sound on their device and disable Raise to Wake, preventing the screen from lighting up with arm movement.

watchOS 3.2 also includes expanded support for SiriKit, which means owners have access to a plethora of new options via the digital personal assistant. Here are the details, as outlined by Apple during its beta period:

“watchOS 3.2 includes SiriKit. Users can ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, or make other requests that your app can handle.

Apps that provide services in specific domains can use SiriKit to make those services available through Siri on watchOS. Making your services available requires creating one or more app extensions using the Intents and Intents UI frameworks. SiriKit in watchOS supports services in the following domains:

  • Messaging
  • Payments
  • Ride booking
  • Workouts
  • Calling
  • Searching photos”

watchOS 3.2 can be installed through the dedicated Watch iOS app, by heading into General –> Software Update. To download and install the beta, the App Watch must have 50% of its battery charged, and the device must be charging as well. The iPhone must be within range of the wearable as well.

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