Apple Introduces Theater Mode in watchOS 3.2 Beta 1


Apple today introduced Theater Mode as a part of the first watchOS 3.2 beta today. This coincides with findings from last week that the feature would make its way into the next version of the operating system for the Watch. It allows users to receive silent notifications and haptic taps on their wrists but restricts the display of the Watch from lighting up, a feature particularly nice for when one’s in a movie theater or in an auditorium.

Introduced in watchOS 3.1.3, Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.

In addition, your usual bug fixes and speed improvements are also present in watchOS 3.2 beta 1. If you notice anything else new or user-facing that’s worth noting, feel free to hit us up at [email protected].

To install the watchOS 3.2 on your registered Apple Watch, navigate to the Watch app on your paired iPhone and tap the “My Watch” tab. From there, go to General > Software Update and you should see the update ready for download. Be sure to place your iPhone on Wi-Fi while downloading this software as it’ll surely gobble up plenty of your data.

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