watchOS 8.3 RC now available with Apple Music Voice Plan, App Privacy Report, more


Apple is currently preparing the release candidate version of iOS 15.2, tvOS 15.2 and macOS Monterey 12.1. For Apple Watch users, watchOS 8.3 is set to bring support for the Apple Music Voice plan and more.

Update: Now also available for public beta testers.

Today’s version is 19S55. With watchOS 8.3, Apple brings:

  • Apple Music Voice Plan gives you access to all songs, playlists and stations in Apple Music using Siri
  • Support for privacy reporting of apps to log data and access to sensors
  • Addresses an issue where notifications may interrupt Mindfulness sessions unexpectedly for some users.

This Apple Music plan is perfect for a single subscriber. With the new “Voice Plan”, people will be relying on Siri to listen to songs on the service.

For $ 4.99, subscribers will have access to 90 million songs, tens of thousands of playlists, and stations on all of their Apple devices.

“Apple Music and Siri are natural partners and already work seamlessly together,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “With Siri actively used on hundreds of millions of devices around the world, we’re excited to add this new plan that delivers an effortless music experience just by using your voice and makes Apple Music accessible to even more people in the world. world.”

Other than that, it’s important to note some of the features available with watchOS 8:

  • There is a new version of the Breathe app, now called Mindfulness;
  • Respiratory rate is now measured during sleep monitoring;
  • Revamped photo app with highlights and featured memories;
  • Photos can now be shared from the watch with Messages and Mail on watchOS 8;
  • Scribble now allows you to include emoji in handwritten messages;
  • The apps shelf in iMessage includes image search and quick access to photos;
  • Find My now includes items (including AirTags);
  • The weather forecast includes precipitation for the next hour;
  • Apple Watch can do multiple timers for the first time;
  • Tips is now available on Apple Watch;
  • Music can be shared from Apple Watch through Messages.

You can find our full roundup on the upcoming Apple Watch operating system here.

Did you find anything new in this beta? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, @ 9to5Mac.

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