watchOS 9 (RC) release candidate update is out for testers!

watchOS 9 is ready for a public release. Today, Apple seeds the watchOS 9 release candidate build to those who opted for the beta testing program or developers program. If your Apple Watch is already running on the watchOS 9 beta, then you can easily upgrade your watch to the release candidate build.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in watchOS 9 release candidate along with the update size and build number.

For those, who are not familiar with the release candidate. RC aka Release Candidate is the new naming for Apple’s Golden Master builds. The same build will be released next week to the public.

watchOS 9 release candidate build is here!

Apple kicks off the watchOS 9 RC build with a 20R361 build number and measures around 431MB in size. The new software upgrade is available for Apple Watch Series 3 and newer models. Currently, it is available for testers. The stable build’s release is set for next week.

Speaking of the changes, 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. The new update revamps Siri UI on the Watch.

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.

Download and Install watchOS 9 Release Candidate

If your Apple Watch is running on the watchOS 9 beta, then you can easily update your Watch to the release candidate. Before heading over to the steps, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest iOS 16 RC and iPadOS 16 RC. 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.

Prerequisites:

  • 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 15.

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 release candidate.

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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with the newest tech - smartphones, wearables, laptops, smart TVs, and other smart home devices. For tips, you can connect Haneet at [email protected]

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