Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 4 SDK, reveals Apple Watch Bluetooth pairing details

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Date: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 14:27
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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It’s the beta seeds that show the cool stuff coming down the pipe.

Per Bidness Etc, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, revealing new details about the upcoming Apple Watch. The new iOS 8.2 beta 4 build, numbered 12D5461b, includes WatchKit support. In addition to this, website traffic data from multiple sources, have also suggested that Apple is looking to expand its iOS beta testing program to include a wider pool of users; this move reflect’s the company’s aim to improve the quality of feedback and to have the iOS 8 system running smoothly with some of the company’s new ambitious products such as Apple Pay or the Apple Watch.

There have been reports of some Apple employees already testing out iOS 8.3 and iOS 9.


When Apple first introduced the the WatchKit SDK with iOS 8.2 beta to developers, it revealed a lot of new details regarding the Apple Watch and how it would interact with the iPhone. Now the latest iOS 8.2 beta 4 reveals even more details about how users would be able to load apps into the Apple Watch and how the wearable would work and interact with the iPhone.

The latest beta, which developers can now tinker with, includes the ability to pair your iPhone with the Apple Watch using Bluetooth.

Reporter Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac also discovered that when you navigate to Settings and go to the Bluetooth settings, under “other devices” you see a set of new instructions that read “To pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone, go to the Apple Watch app.”

Furthermore, it has come to light that the Apple Watch will integrate with the iPhone to allow users to install apps onto their Apple Watch and also manage their iPhone from the smart watch.

Users will be able to perform functions such as activating airplane mode and different sound profiles, and will also be able to ping their iPhone device in case they can’t find it. These features shed light on the kind of flexibility and control Apple’s first wearable device will put at the disposal of users, and so far, we like the possibilities.

The Apple Watch app will allow users to download and load apps onto their Apple Watch and also let users manage settings and configurations of the wearable device.

If you’ve had a chance to play with the latest iOS 8.2 build and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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  3. iOS 8.2 disabled Bluetooth connection to my ihome. Attempts to re-pair unsuccessful. Seems like it’s searching for Apple watch, which I don’t have. If course, heavy-handed Apple won’t allow deletion of Apple watch icon.