Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.4 update to public beta testers, with the new beta coming a few days after the release of the first developer beta.
The watchOS 7.4 update can be downloaded in the wake of upgrading your iPhone to the public beta version of iOS 14.5. Subsequent to installing iOS 14.5, the watchOS 7.4 software should appear as long as you have the Apple Watch profile installed. To update to the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have 50% battery life, it should be placed on the charger, and it should be in range of the iPhone.
Close by iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4 presents a new “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature that lets an iPhone with Face ID utilize an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication measure when you’re wearing a mask, easing the need to enter a password to unlock the iPhone.
Face ID doesn’t work when wearing a mask, yet this new Apple Watch feature gives a simple yet secure approach to get to the iPhone without the problem of a password. It’s like the Apple Watch unlocking on Mac and can be enabled in the Settings app under Face ID & Passcode.
An unlocked Apple Watch matched with Face ID can unlock the iPhone when a mask is worn, yet it’s just for mask usage. The Apple Watch can’t be utilized to confirm Apple Pay or App Store buys, nor would it be able to be utilized to unlock applications that require a Face ID scan. In these circumstances, the mask should be taken out or a password/passcode should be utilized instead.
At the point when the Apple Watch unlocks the iPhone, you’ll feel a haptic tap on the wrist and will get a notification on the watch, like how it works when utilizing the watch to unlock a Mac.
For the individuals who use Apple Fitness+, the watchOS 7.4 update joined with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 empowers AirPlay 2 for Apple Fitness+, so exercises can be streamed to a AirPlay 2-enabled TV or set-top box. Apple Watch metrics don’t appear on the screen when AirPlayed, nonetheless, and that feature is restricted to iPhone/iPad/Apple TV.
watchOS 7.4 will be accessible in a beta capacity for several weeks, with Apple intending to release the update in the early spring.