Apple Releases watchOS 8.3 And tvOS 15.2 To Everyone
If you own an Apple Watch or Apple TV then you’re going to be keen to know exactly what the newly-released watchOS 8.3 and tvOS 15.2 have to offer. As ever, you’ve come to the right place.
Both of the new updates have been made available to everyone after a developer and public beta program that has seen a fair few releases over the last few weeks. Now that Apple thinks the time is right, both the tvOS and watchOS updates are available for everyone to download worldwide.
Apple’s new watchOS 8.3 update brings with it support for AssistiveTouch on older Apple Watches, not just the newer ones. It’s an accessibility feature that can be useful for everyone and it was first previewed in May this year. The new feature should work just fine on Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 as well as the newer devices, too.
AssistiveTouch for watchOS enables people with upper-body limb differences to use Apple Watch without ever having to touch the display or controls. Using built-in motion sensors and on-device learning, Apple Watch detects subtle differences in muscle movements and tendon activity, letting you control the display through hand gestures like a pinch or a clench. This feature also works with VoiceOver so you can navigate Apple Watch with one hand while using a cane or leading a service animal. Answer incoming calls, control an onscreen motion pointer, and access Notification Center, Control Center, and more.
As always tends to be the case with tvOS 15.2, very little is known about this update. The last release, tvOS 15.1, added support for SharePlay, a feature that also came to Apple’s other platforms. With tvOS 15.2, it doesn’t appear that any new features have been added with Apple instead preferring to add some polish to what’s already offered.