Apple releases watchOS 3.2 beta with Theater Mode, SiriKit

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Apple has released the beta version of its latest watchOS that brings with it new features such as Theater Mode and ability of users to use Siri on their watches.

Through the Theater Mode, users will be able to keep their devices silent and the devices’ screens dim. The new release also expands the ability of users to use Siri, Apple’s intelligent digital assistant, on their watches. Released back in September, the first version of watchOS 3 came with the launch of Apple Watch Series 2.

With the new Theater Mode, users will be able to “quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise,” Apple said in its software documentation.

While the device remains dim and quiet in Theater Mode, users can continue to receive updates via haptic notifications, i.e., vibrating alerts. To check on a notification while the watch is in Theater Mode, users can either tap the screen or press the device’s Digital Crown navigation tool.

watchOS 3.2 beta’s Theater Mode not only makes it easier for users to quickly mute the sound of their Apple Watches to avoid disturbing fellow theater-goers, but also prevents the screens of their devices from automatically waking and brightening when they raise their wrists.

Thanks to SiriKit, developers will be able to provide more Siri-based capabilities through their apps for the Apple Watch. The addition of SiriKit also makes it possible for watch owners to use the digital assistant to book rides, send messages, make payments and handle other tasks.

Apple has already published the developer documentation for watchOS 3.2 and with the beta already out for developers, we could see the final release happening at Apple’s next developer conference.

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