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Apple releases third watchOS 3.1.1 beta to developers with minor revisions

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the latest build of its upcoming watchOS 3.1.1 operating system to developers for testing, with the new seed containing minor improvements over the version issued last week.

The new watchOS 3.1.1 beta, dubbed build 14S5875b, appears to include only minor maintenance and performance revisions, as no new user-facing features are mentioned in today's release notes.

The latest beta comes one week after Apple issued the second watchOS 3.1.1 beta, which contained similar unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. A public beta version is expected to drop in the near future.

Apple's forthcoming watchOS point update builds on the third major revision to its wearable operating system. Released in September, watchOS 3 introduced a variety of new features, first-party apps and redesigned controls to better take advantage of second-generation Apple Watch hardware.

For example, the side button was remapped to invoke a dedicated app dock, while onscreen controls were modified to include gestures for quick access to Control Center. The update also brought new complications, watch faces and fitness options.

Apple's watchOS 3.1.1 beta is an over-the-air download accessible via the Settings menu on Apple Watch.