Apple seeds watchOS 2 beta 2 and iOS 9 beta 2 to developers, here’s what’s new

Tuesday, Apple has released a second beta of the forthcoming WatchOS 2 software update to its registered developers. Alongside the new beta firmware for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models, Apple has also released an updated version of iOS 9 Developer Preview which now carries a build number of 13A4280e.

App Deletion—iOS 9 now offers to temporarily delete apps to make room for software updates. Once an iOS software update is complete, any deleted apps, along with their settings and data, are automatically reinstated.

Podcasts— Apple’s Podcasts app features a refreshed app icon, with the app itself receiving minor cosmetic changes.

Low Power Mode—The wording of this feature has been revised slightly. Rather than explicitly stated that Low Power Mode results in “reduced performance,” the updated text says the feature “temporarily reduces power consumption until you can fully charge your iPhone.” In addition, the new wording makes it clear that automatic downloads are disabled when this is on.

iPad keyboard—Apple’s new keyboard on the iPad now includes a new undo/redo button in place of the copy/paste buttons. Copy and paste shortcuts are still available and appear when a block of text is selected.

News setting— The iCloud section in the stock Settings app now has a placeholder toggle to enable Apple News syncing.

Safari—Settings > Safari now includes separate toggles for the Tab and Favorites bar. An option to enable and manage Content Blockers in Safari has been removed from the Settings app.

The new watchOS 2 beta 2 can be deployed on watches that run the first beta as an over-the-air update through the Software Update feature within the Apple Watch Companion app on an iPhone running iOS 9 Developer Preview.

You may also use the direct download links for iOS 9 beta 2 below (Note that you need to be a registered developer to download these files). You can find the model number of your device’s back cover.

Download links for iOS 9 beta 2 for iPhone:
Download links for iOS 9 beta 2 for iPad:
Download links for iOS 9 beta 2 for iPod touch:


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