Apple introduces watchOS 9 for Apple Watch with new watch faces, medications app, new workout features, and more

Apple today at WWDC22 revealed watchOS 9, which brings new features and enhanced experiences to the Apple Watch operating system. Apple Watch users will now have more watch faces to choose from, with richer complications that provide more information and opportunity for personalization. In the updated Workout app, advanced metrics, views, and training experiences inspired by high-performing athletes help users take their workouts to the next level. watchOS 9 brings sleep stages to the Sleep app, and a new FDA-cleared AFib History feature provides deeper insights into a user’s condition. The new Medications app makes it easy for users to conveniently and discreetly manage, understand, and track medications.

Workout app

watchOS 9 introduces new workout features with more metrics and new ways to visualize them with Workout Views. Use custom workouts and heart rate zones to improve performance and reduce injury. And with a new Multisport workout, triathletes can automatically switch between swimming, biking, and running. There are also customizable alerts, the ability to race a previous route, and a redesigned Workout Summary.

Medications

watchOS 9 brings a new medications app which allows you to discreetly and conveniently track medications. In the Health app on iPhone, manage your medications list, create schedules and reminders, and learn more about your medications, including if there are interactions that could cause issues.

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New Watch faces

watchOS 9 introduces even more ways to express yourself with four new watch faces—Astronomy, Lunar, Play Time, and Metropolitan. More faces support rich complications, and there’s a new background color editor for Modular Compact, Modular, and X-Large. And you can add dogs and cats to the Portraits face.

 

AFib History

If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, AFib History can estimate how frequently your heart is in AFib and track lifestyle factors that may affect your condition.

Sleep Stages

Gather deeper insights into your sleep with Sleep Stages. Review detailed information, including how much time you spent in each stage and when you might have woken up.

Other features

watchOS 9 also includes a refreshed Siri UI, expanded keyboard languages for Apple Watch Series 7, new banner notifications, and quick access to apps you’re running—pinned at the top of the Dock. Apple Watch Mirroring uses AirPlay so you can stream your Apple Watch to your iPhone and use Switch Control, Voice Control, or any assistive features on iPhone. And developers can use CallKit, Share Sheet, and Photos Picker to build best-in-class communication features on their apps.

Availability:

watchOS 9 will work with Apple Watch Series 4 or later paired with iPhone 8 or later with iOS 16. The developer beta is available today for developers part of the Apple Developer Program. Public beta in July through the Apple Beta Software Program (beta.apple.com) Free software update for everyone in fall 2022.

 

Holden Satterwhite
Author: Holden Satterwhite

Holden Satterwhite is the CEO and Founder of Redfruit Media. Starting with Appleosophy in 2015, an Instagram page started with Chris Grainger who is currently Redfruit Media’s Chief Operating Officer when they were both 12. Mr. Satterwhite is in charge of all mainstream global operations for Redfruit Media He also coordinates with other Executives to formulate new projects and departments to keep the ball rolling on internal and external growth for the company.

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