Apple takes down its first watchOS 5 beta because of installation issues

These issues have prompted Apple to pull down the watchOS 5 beta while replacing the download section with “Coming Soon” message.

  • Published: June 7, 2018 11:07 AM IST

Apple has taken down the first beta of watchOS 5 that it announced during its annual developer conference, Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2018. The company had announced a number of new features with watchOS 5, and Tim Cook announced that beta versions of all the upcoming versions of the operating systems announced during the keynote will be available after the keynote. Soon after the download links went live, a number of Apple Watch users who wanted to try out the watchOS 5 beta took to online forums such as Reddit to report about issues with the installation process.

According to the reports, in some cases, the download failed to complete while others ran into errors while updating their Apple Watch to watchOS 5. According to AppleInsider, some users also pointed out that they had to wait a long time during the installation process, pointing out that something may be wrong. However, one of the most reported issues was that the installation process indicated that the Apple Watch was updated to watchOS 5 “only to reboot into a current version watchOS 4”.

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All these issues have prompted the company to pull down the watchOS 5 beta while replacing the download section with “Coming Soon” message. The company issued an official statement adding that “Seed 1 of watchOS 5 is temporarily unavailable. We are investigating an issue that may occur while updating. If you’ve experienced any issues, please contact, AppleCare.”

These issues in the software during beta stage are common because such behavior and bugs are expected during this stage. This allows developers to work on fixing such problems before rolling out the final, stable version of the software. To recap, with watchOS 5, Apple Watch users will be able to challenge their friends to fitness competitions and get digital awards. Apple is bringing support for WebKit so users can browse some websites powered by the tech on their smartwatch.

There will also be interactive notifications, and support for the podcast app. A new Walkie-Talkie feature is also coming as an Apple Watch app. Once you allow a contact to send you a message, Apple Watch users will be able to drop in and send you a voice memo.

  • Published Date: June 7, 2018 11:07 AM IST