Apple showcased watchOS 9 at World Data Center 2022. New features include sleep tracking, updated apps, and new watch faces. The developer beta is available now, and the general launch will take place in the fall.
Again, the focus is on fitness and health.
The most significant innovations in sports and health are found. Machine learning has enabled improved sleep monitoring. It should be possible to detect movements through the heart rate and different phases of sleep. This gives users detailed information about their sleeping habits and allows them to adjust their alarm clocks and sleeping times accordingly. A new meditation app is also available that can help you dose and take your medication promptly. WatchOS 9 is currently available in the US and continues to monitor for potential complications when ingesting ingested medication.
Apple claims that accurate detection of atrial fibrillation is potentially life-saving. WatchOS 9 will track and store important heart events over time, but this is only possible in the US. Also, the training app has been updated. During running, information such as stride length and ground contact information should also be displayed. New features include the ability to set interval training and support for heart rate zones. This allows you to be notified if the measured value is exceeded, or not reached. WatchOS 9 will automatically recognize different sports, such as triathlons.
Watch faces, new watches and other small things
WatchOS 9 also features four new watch faces. WatchOS 9 now features a new lunar calendar, an astronomical watch face that has been redesigned, as well as a classic design with Metropolitan and PlayTime. These watch faces were created in collaboration by Joi Fultion. The Podcasts, Reminders and Calendar apps as well as Banner Notifications (and Siri) have been updated to take up less space. WatchOS 9 support is available starting with the Apple Watch Series 4 (released in late 2018).