Apple releases watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 “Release Candidate” for developers

Apple has released a new version for the Apple Watch watchOS 7.1 for developers and public beta testers. The update brings new functions in terms of headphones among others.

What is Release Candidate?

Apple is changing the name it has normally used for near-ready beta versions. This change suggests in the future that the company uses the term “Release Candidate” or the acronym “RC” to refer to a beta version that is almost finished. We first saw this new name with the release of iOS 14.2 RC last week.

Here are the version details for the watchOS 7.1 RC build that were released for testers:

WatchOS 7.1 “Release Candidate” details

  • Adds the ability to be notified when the volume level of the headphones could affect your hearing
  • Adds support for the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in the Republic of Korea and Russia
  • Adds support for irregular heart rate notifications in the Republic of Korea and Russia
  • Resolves an issue that prevented some users from unlocking Macs with Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue where the screen may be dark when raising the wrist for some Apple Watch Series 6 users

The watchOS 7.1 release candidate is probably the latest beta to ship with watchOS 7.1. The final public version is expected to be released to all Apple Watch users next week.

How to update?

To install the watchos 7 0.1 beta, developers need to download the appropriate configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta version of ‌‌‌‌watchOS 7‌‌‌‌ can be downloaded through the ‌Apple Watch‌ application on the iPhone, go to General> Software Update.

To upgrade to new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ must have 50 percent battery life, must be placed on the charger, and must be within range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

Apple has also released tvOS 14.2 Release Candidate for developers and public beta users.