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Apple Releases Fourth iOS 8.2 Beta With Apple Watch App

Apple has issued the fourth beta version of iOS 8.2 to developers almost a month after seeding the third beta and around two months after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta, says a report from 9to5 Mac. Updates that the new version carries include Xcode 6.2 beta 4 with WatchKit.

Apple Watch

iOS 8.2 update expected along with Apple Watch

Developers can access the beta build 12D5461b immediately in the form of an over-the-air update and can also download it from the iOS Developer Center. Developers will be able to design an app, glances and notifications with iOS 8.2 with the help of the WatchKit SDK.

The first iOS 8.2 beta with WatchKit SDK and developer documentation gave various details about the upcoming Apple Watch, such as its dependence on the iPhone and a range of content that could be created by developers for the device. Apple is expected to release the iOS 8.2 update around the same date of the Apple Watch debut, and the fourth beta confirms this speculation.

Apart from iOS 8.2, Apple is also testing a minor iOS 8.1.3 update which could be released sometime later this week.

Dysfunctional icon for Apple Watch

In the iPhone’s Bluetooth settings menu, a new icon reads “Apple Watch,” suggesting that users can tap the icon to connect their Apple Watch with their iPhone. The Apple Watch iPhone app will be used by Apple Watch wearers to manage the settings on the device from their iPhones.

As of now, the icon showing in the Bluetooth menu in iOS 8.2 does not perform any function because the app is not available in the App Store. Also Apple will be working to make the app simple and easy to use and offer on-boarding experience, which will apparently include setup and configuration tutorials within the Watch app itself.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the watch during an event in September. At that time, Cook hinted that the device would go on sale early this year but gave no specific date. During the event, the CEO also talked about various features of the wearable. The Apple Watch is expected to come with an entry price of $349, and probably it will make its debut in March, which would give Apple plenty of time to launch related features throughout the year rather than clubbing the dates of all the device launches.