Update – September 29: Apple today released iOS 14.2 beta 2 and watchOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers, which solves the lack of new dials and also includes the Blood Oxygen app for Apple Watch Series 6 users. You can read the original article below.
Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 last week, which is now also available to public beta users. While the updates provide some new features, Apple Watch users have noticed that these updates do not include the new dials from watchOS 7 and the Blood Oxygen app from the Apple Watch Series 6.
Developers who have updated Apple Watches to watchOS 7.1 will not have access to the new dials introduced with the final release of watchOS 7.0, including the Memoji, Stripes and Artist dials ̵
It is also important to keep in mind that watchOS 7.1 beta does not have any of the new dials introduced with the official release of watchOS 7 this week. If you want to keep the new dials, you should wait for the second watchOS 7.1 beta.
We have also learned that users who purchased the new Apple Watch Series 6 and paired it with an iPhone running iOS 14.2 beta, are currently unable to activate the new blood oxygen measurement feature. But what is the reason behind it?
While Apple is unlikely to discuss this officially, all of the new betas released last week – including iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 – were gathered before iOS 14 and watchOS 7 GM were built. At some point in the development phase of beta software, Apple engineers had to prepare iOS 14 and other public release updates, while there was probably already another team working on iOS 14.2.
In other words, while iOS 14.2 and other updates have new features, they are not the same features that are included in the latest software available to the public. This is definitely not a big issue, as Apple is likely to fix this with the next beta releases, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you may lose some features when updating from iOS 14 to iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 beta 1.
If you have iOS 14.2 beta installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can downgrade to iOS 14.0 using a Mac or PC. However, Apple Watch and Apple TV running beta software cannot be downgraded.
In a related note, Apple released the iOS 14.2 beta 1 update for the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 devices. The update is also not available for the 8th generation iPad.
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