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Apple offers watchOS 10.4 release candidate to developers

By Julie Clover

Apple today released a release candidate version of the upcoming watchOS 10.4 update to developers for testing purposes. This software will arrive a week after the release of the fourth beta of watchOS 10.4. RC is the final version of watchOS 10.4, which will launch publicly next week.


To install the ‌watchOS 10.4‌ update, developers need to open the Apple Watch app, go to “Software Update” under “General” in Settings and enable watchOS 10 Developer Beta. An Apple ID associated with a developer account is required.

Once activated, watchOS 10.4 beta updates will be available for download in the same Software Update section. To install the software, Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery charge and be placed on the Apple Watch charger.

watchOS 10.4 includes new emoji symbols such as lime, edible brown mushroom, and phoenix. , broken chain, vertical head shake (as in nodding “yes”) and horizontal head shake (“no”). There is also a setting to disable the double-tap feature on Apple Watch when using Vision Pro, as double-tap gestures may be accidentally activated when operating Vision Pro.

Apple's update release notes are below:

watchOS 10.4 includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:
– The “Tap to show full notification” setting now allows you to double-tap to expand the notification.
– Usage Apple Pay with AssistiveTouch Verification will require a passcode for added security and does not support double-tapping the side button.
– Resolves an issue that was causing some users to experience false touches on the display.
– Addresses an issue that prevents contacts from syncing with Apple Watch for some users.

For information about the security of Apple software updates, visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb /HT201222

watchOS 10.4 will likely see a public release in the near future alongside iOS 17.4.

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