Apple issues watchOS 8 developer beta 5 for testing

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Apple's fifth developer beta for watchOS 8 is now available for testing just a day after the company released beta versions of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and tvOS 15.

The newest build can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled into the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

On watchOS 8, users can expect the addition of Tai Chi and Pilates workouts, respiratory rates in the Sleep app, new Photos layouts and memories, and Digital Crown cursor control and GIF search for Messages.

The fifth beta arrives after the fourth from July 27, the third from July 14, the second on June 24, and the first on June 7. Apple is expected to release watchOS 8 in the fall.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly advise users don't install the betas on primary devices, as there is the small possibility of issues like data loss. Testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

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