WatchOS 9 update is now available for Apple Watch Series 4 and above users
The watchOS 9 update includes a slew of new watch faces as well as numerous improvements.
Apple began rolling out the iOS 16 stable version to all eligible iPhones worldwide last night at 10:30 IST. The most recent version of iOS was made available to 19 iPhone models. On the other hand, Apple has begun to push watchOS 9 to eligible Apple Watch smartwatches.
The new and updated Apple Watch operating system includes a slew of new watch faces, an improved Workout app, sleep stages, a redesigned Compass app, and an all-new Medications app. Let's take a look at all of the new features, updates, and enhancements for watchOS 9, as well as a list of eligible smartwatches. Let's get this party started.
WatchOS 9 Update Now Rolling Out: Eligible Devices
Apple has released the stable version of watchOS 9 for Apple Watch Series 4 or later when paired with an iPhone 8 or later or an iPhone SE (2nd generation) or later running iOS 16. This software update is available for free.
WatchOS 9 Features
The watchOS 9 update adds a slew of new features and improvements to the watch operating system. More watch faces and complications are available for the Apple Watch. In terms of fitness, the Workout app has been updated to include advanced metrics, views, and training experiences. The Sleep app includes a detailed breakdown of sleep stages. The new FDA-approved AFib History feature provides more information about a user's condition. Finally, the all-new Medications app makes it simple for users to manage, understand, and track medications in a convenient and discrete manner.
Updated Workout App
Apple's Workout app has been updated with watchOS 9 to provide detailed metrics for measuring performance as well as new training experiences. The in-session display now rotates between easy-to-read Workout Views, allowing users to see important metrics for various training styles. Heart Rate Zones can be used to track the intensity of a workout using personalized Health data. The Workout app introduces custom workouts for interval training, which can be used to create a structured workout with work and recovery intervals. New alerts, such as pace, power, heart rate, and cadence, can be added to help users stay on track during their workout.
The Workout app now includes a new Multisport workout type that automatically switches between any sequence of swimming, biking, and running workouts by detecting movement patterns with motion sensors. In the Fitness app for iPhone, there is also a redesigned summary page that provides additional details with interactive charts for a more precise analysis of all workouts. WatchOS 9 adds more data and features to help runners track how efficiently they run. New metrics for running forms, such as stride length, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation, can be added to Workout Views.
With the addition of sleep stages, Apple has added more insights. Apple Watch will use an accelerometer and heart rate sensor signals to determine whether users are in REM, Core, or Deep sleep, as well as when they are awake. On Apple Watch, users will see sleep stage data in the Sleep app and will be able to view more detailed information.
With watchOS 9, users who have been diagnosed with AFib can access important information, such as an estimate of how frequently a user's heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, providing deeper insights into their condition. Users can download a PDF with a detailed history of their AFib and lifestyle factors to share with doctors and care providers for more informed discussions.
Apple is also releasing a new Medications app, which will allow users to manage and track medications, vitamins, and supplements by creating a medications list, setting up schedules and reminders, and viewing the information in the Health app. The app allows users to track medications conveniently and discreetly at any time and from any location. Users can create custom schedules that run multiple times per day, once per week, or as needed, and they can set up reminders to help them stay on track.
- Users of Cycle Tracking will now receive an alert if their logged cycle history shows a possible deviation, such as irregular, infrequent, or prolonged periods, and persistent spotting.
- When a user's iPhone is locked with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID, all of their health and fitness data (except Medical ID) in the Health app is encrypted.
- Low Power Mode extends battery life by disabling or limiting select sensors and features such as background heart rate monitoring and the Always-On display.
- Plans for international roaming are supported.
- Notifications have been redesigned with new slimline banners.
- Quick Actions, Apple Watch Mirroring, and an updated Calendar app are all available.
- QWERTY keyboard support for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish on Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra (Mexico, Spain, Latin America).
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