Apple releases watchOS 9.2 RC with a bunch of new features

Apple has just pushed the watchOS 9.2 release candidate update to the developers. The new update comes less than a week after the release of the fourth beta. The next iteration of watchOS 9 – watchOS 9.2 is going to be a big upgrade for the Apple Watch, coming with a flurry of new features and improvements.

Apple plants the release candidate of watchOS 9.2 with a 20S361 build number. The incremental upgrade for developers weighs around 216MB in size for downloading, the public version is expected to be humongous in size compared to the RC build. watchOS 9.2 RC is available for all Apple Watch models running on watchOS 9, for unawares, the watchOS 9 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models.

Release Candidate aka RC is the new naming for Apple’s Golden Master builds, this is the final build rolling to the testers first. The final public build is expected to be released next week.

Moving to the changes, then watchOS 9.2 brings the advanced race route workout feature which lets you compete against your previous performance, automatic detection to Outdoor Run workout when you are on a running track, new Home app architecture to invite Family Setup users to control smart devices and accessories, crash detection optimizations to Apple Watch Ultra, Watch Series 8, and Watch SE (2nd Gen), and more.

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watchOS 9.2 Release Candidate – What’s New

Here’s the complete list of changes coming with the watchOS 9.2 RC.

  • Outdoor Run workout now automatically detects when you arrive at a running track and provides track specific metrics
  • Race Route lets you compete against your previous performance in Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, and Outdoor Wheelchair Workouts
  • New custom Kickboxing algorithm in the Workout app for more accurate metrics
  • Noise app displays when environmental sound levels are reduced while wearing AirPods Pro (1st generation) and AirPods Max with active noise cancellation
  • Apple Card users with a Savings account can now check their balance in Wallet
  • Family Setup users can be invited to the Home app to control HomePod speakers and smart home accessories, and unlock doors with home keys in Wallet
  • Accessibility support to visualize when Siren is in use on Apple Watch Ultra
  • Improved response time and accuracy of hand gesture controls for AssistiveTouch and Quick Actions
  • Crash Detection optimizations on Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch SE (2nd generation)
  • Fix for bug that causes display of incorrect watch time immediately after dismissing an alarm in Sleep Focus
  • Fix for bug causing interruptions to mindfulness sessions

If your iPhone is running on iOS 16.2 release candidate then you can upgrade your Apple Watch to the watchOS 9.2 release candidate. If your Apple Watch is already running on watchOS 9.2 beta, then you will receive the release candidate build over the air. Here’s how you can update your watch to the release candidate.

  1. At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on My Watch.
  3. Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
  4. Enter the password for confirmation.
  5. Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Once done, tap on install.


  • Charge your Apple Watch to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi for internet connection.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 16.

Once you tap the install button, it will download and install the newest update on your Apple Watch. Once the installation process is completed, the watch will automatically reboot to the latest watchOS 9.2 release candidate.

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