Apple delivers new iOS 8.2 beta with signs of Apple Watch support

Sales of the Apple Watch should be getting started in just a few more weeks, with a retail launch sometime in March now looking like the most probable target for the smartwatch’s arrival. We’ve already talked a lot about what Apple’s doing in preparation for those sales, including a program to train salespeople for this new class of product. The other side to those preparations comes in the form of software, as Apple readies the rest of its iOS gear to play nicely with the Watch. In a new iOS 8 beta update hitting developers today, we can clearly see just how those efforts are coming along.

We’re talking about iOS 8.2 beta 4, a 290MB download. Upon installation, devs are reporting the presence of a new notification in the platform’s Bluetooth settings panel, informing users about steps they’ll need to take to pair an iPhone with an Apple Watch.

The message references an as-of-yet-unavailable Apple Watch app that will assist users in making this connection; while 8.2 beta 4 lays the groundwork, clearly there’s more software that needs to arrive before iOS is fully prepared for the Apple Watch’s arrival. Presumably, the app itself will surface along with the wearable’s retail debut.

It’s not yet clear if this release is the iOS update we heard rumored for distribution this week, or if we’ll additionally see the public release of iOS 8.1.3.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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