Apple makes watchOS 3.2 beta with Theater Mode, SiriKit available for developers

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Nearly a week after the last set of betas for macOS and iOS, Apple has made available the first beta of watchOS 3.2 for developers.




Apple has previously revealed what users can expect in the new beta. The new release brings Theater Mode, and SiriKit to the Apple Watch.

SiriKit has been available on the iPhone and iPad since iOS 10 was released. In addition to extending Siri's support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps when paired with an iPhone, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.

With SiriKit, Apple is using its App Extension mechanism to allow third party developers to build new support for Siri into their apps by registering "domains" and "intents" they can handle. Within each domain, Siri interprets user "intents" --what it understands the user wants to accomplish --and passes this to the app to handle.

"Theater Mode" was first leaked in late-December as a feature for the iPhone, and it appears it will allow Apple Watch owners to disable the "rise to wake" function on the watch, but still notify users with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch. A subsequent tap on the watch face will wake the watch.

The first batch of beta software releases for macOS 10.12.4, iOS 10.3, and tvOS 10.2 were made on early Tuesday afternoon, only a day after full OS releases.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 3,324member
    Theater mode is good feature to have, not that I got movies much, but I have been in dark places and having the watch face turn on is like beacon in the room people notice it all the time.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    I've had a weird bug since watchOS 2 I believe, where the haptic feedback is super delayed. Here's hoping that's fixed in this version.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    maestro64 said:
    Theater mode is good feature to have, not that I got movies much, but I have been in dark places and having the watch face turn on is like beacon in the room people notice it all the time.
    I stopped going to movies about the time people started eating like donkeys. Shoveling popcorn and swilling 50oz sodas. :)
  • Reply 4 of 7
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 1,598member
    maestro64 said:
    Theater mode is good feature to have, not that I got movies much, but I have been in dark places and having the watch face turn on is like beacon in the room people notice it all the time.
    I stopped going to movies about the time people started eating like donkeys. Shoveling popcorn and swilling 50oz sodas. :)
    I wouldn't mind if they ate the damn popcorn, instead of throwing it all over the place because they haven't learned how to walk up a shallow flight of stairs with their hands full of junk food. 
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Rayz2016 said:
    maestro64 said:
    Theater mode is good feature to have, not that I got movies much, but I have been in dark places and having the watch face turn on is like beacon in the room people notice it all the time.
    I stopped going to movies about the time people started eating like donkeys. Shoveling popcorn and swilling 50oz sodas. :)
    I wouldn't mind if they ate the damn popcorn, instead of throwing it all over the place because they haven't learned how to walk up a shallow flight of stairs with their hands full of junk food. 

    Not to mention how over-priced all the food is...
  • Reply 6 of 7
    Rayz2016 said:
    maestro64 said:
    Theater mode is good feature to have, not that I got movies much, but I have been in dark places and having the watch face turn on is like beacon in the room people notice it all the time.
    I stopped going to movies about the time people started eating like donkeys. Shoveling popcorn and swilling 50oz sodas. :)
    I wouldn't mind if they ate the damn popcorn, instead of throwing it all over the place because they haven't learned how to walk up a shallow flight of stairs with their hands full of junk food. 

    Not to mention how over-priced all the food is...


    Why not mention the exorbitant prices for food stuffs (with little to no nutritional value)!?

    A wag estimate for candy is 400-500% over the same stuff (per oz.) outside the theater and similar for soda pop. I take back part of my comment (about nutritional value) as popcorn does have some nutritional value along with enough salt to hit the weekly limit for salt in a healthy adults diet (and 'butter flavored oil').

    I theorize that the sale of popcorn, candy, carbonated beverages and bottled H20 are the primary source of profit from the proceeds of your local Cinema 23 (adjacent to or in the regional mall). Proceeds from the tickets for the cinema are simply a hold over from days gone bye and may at most pay the utility bills!
    edited January 31
  • Reply 7 of 7
    macguimacgui Posts: 250member
    What a bunch of whiners. I go to the movies all the time. Some movies really benefit from the immersive experience seldom equaled at home. Timing is everything. People who don't like people don't go to the movies on a Friday or Saturday night.

    The Watch faces are easily changed since watchOS 3 so I have a Movie watch face that I use while in the theater. I eat before or after the show. No worries.
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