Apple finally shows off the next iteration of watchOS – watchOS 9 at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference event (WWDC 22). The newest version of watchOS boasts a slew of new features, including, four new watch faces, an Enhanced Workout app, a new Medications app, Afib history, improved privacy, and more. Not just watchOS 9, but the Cupertino-based tech giant also kicked off the new iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS, and tvOS 16. Read along to know more details about the watchOS 9.
Apple has teased the upcoming watchOS 9 and it is going to be a big upgrade for the Apple Watch. Starting with the appearance, then the update brings support for Dogs and Cats in portrait watch faces announced last year. There are four new customizable watch faces, including, the Astronomy face, Lunar face, Playtime with animated numbers, joined by the Metropolitan watch face with lovely color combinations. Siri UI also gets a refresh on the watchOS 9.
Moving to the other features, then there’s an enhanced workout app with three new running form metrics, including Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, and Vertical Oscillation. It also brings custom workouts, Swimming enhancements, and more. watchOS 9 comes with Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) history feature to access important information including an estimate of how frequently a user’s heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, as mentioned by Apple.
Apart from these features, the upgrade brings Sleep Stages feature for better sleep tracking, new medications app to track medications with reminders, 6 keyboard language support, and more.
watchOS 9 will be available later this fall for Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models. Currently, it is available for developers, a public beta will be released in July.
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