watchOS 8 developer preview beta 5 released

Apple today pushed the watchOS 8 developer preview Beta 5 update (build number: (19R5323g) to Apple Watch users today. This update is two weeks after the last release. Only one day after Apple released the beta versions of iOS 15, iPad OS 15 and tvOS 15, Apple’s fifth watchOS 8 developer beta is now available for testers to download.

The latest version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, or you can download updates via OTA. In addition, the public beta version is usually released via Apple Beta within a few days after the developer version is released.

Apple has not disclosed the content of this series of updates. On watchOS 8, users can expect to support Tai Chi and Pilates, sleep breathing rate detection, new photo layouts, and GIF search for messages.

With watchOS 8 coming this fall, here’s what else is new in this version:

  • There’s a new version of the Breathe app, now called Mindfulness;
  • Respiratory rate is now measured during sleep tracking;
  • Photos app overhauled with featured highlights and memories;
  • Photos can now be shared from the watch with Messages and Mail on watchOS 8;
  • Scribble now lets you include emoji in handwritten messages;
  • App shelf in iMessage includes image search and quick access to photos;
  • Find My now includes items (including AirTags);
  • Weather includes next hour precipitation;
  • Apple Watch can do multiple timers for the first time;
  • Tips is now available on the Apple Watch;
  • Music can be shared from Apple Watch over Messages.

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