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Apple issues watchOS 10.2 release candidate

Developers can download the new watchOS beta
Developers can download the new watchOS beta

The release candidate of watchOS 10.2 has been seeded, with fresh builds now installable by testers onto the Apple Watch.

Developers can download the new watchOS beta

Developers taking part in the beta program can acquire the latest build via the Apple Developer Center or by updating hardware already running the beta software. Public beta versions are typically offered a brief period after the developer releases, via the Apple Beta Software Program.

The release candidate for watchOS 10.2 arrives after the fourth beta, which landed on November 28, while the third was issued on November 14. The second appeared on November 9, while the first became available on October 26.

The RC build of watchOS 10.2 is number 215364, replacing the fourth, 21S5358a.

Release candidates are typically the last test build before release, though there have been occasions when multiple RC builds were issued.

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So far, it's been found in the betas that watchOS 10.2 lets users ask Siri Health requests that are dealt with entirely on-device, albeit for select Apple Watch models like the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly advise that users avoid installing beta operating systems or other beta software on "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the minor chance of problems that could result in the loss of data. Testers should instead use secondary or non-essential hardware, and make sure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

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