Apple on Tuesday distributed the second beta of watchOS 9 to developers for testing purposes. The new beta version comes two weeks after the initial beta release of the upcoming Apple Watch operating system.
The beta version of watchOS 9 can be installed on the Apple Watch with the appropriate configuration profile installed, via the Watch app on the connected iPhone. go to the “General” -> “Software Update” To install the trial version. The watch must have a battery life of at least 50%, be connected to a charger, and be within range of the iPhone.
The new watchOS 9 offers more watch faces to choose from, with richer complexities with more information and customization opportunities. The updated Workout app brings advanced training metrics, perspectives, and experiences inspired by high-performance athletes.
watchOS 9 also brings sleep stages to the Sleep app, and a new FDA-cleared AFib History feature provides deeper insights into a user’s state. The new medicines app allows users to conveniently and confidentially manage, understand and track medicines.
The new watchOS provides richer performance metrics, as well as new training experiences to help users reach their fitness goals. The familiar in-session display now uses the Digital Crown to rotate between easy-to-read Workout displays, so users can see important metrics for different training styles. Heart rate zones, which can be created manually or automatically calculated using personal health data, can be used to monitor exercise intensity. Interval training is an important part of any training plan, and in watchOS 9, the Workout app offers personalized workouts, which can be used to create a structured workout that can include work and rest periods. New alerts, including pace, strength, heart rate and cadence, can be added to guide users through a workout.
Fitness+ exercises now displays on-screen instructions as well as coach training to help users get the most out of their workouts, including Intensity for HIIT, cycling, rowing and walking; strokes per minute (SPM) for rowing; revolutions per minute (RPM) for cycling; An incline for pedestrians and a run on the treadmill.
Fitness+ subscribers without an Apple TV can now use AirPlay to stream workouts and meditations with onscreen scales to compatible third-party TVs and devices.
Users can create Wind Down and bedtime schedules, as well as track their sleep to help them achieve their goals. WatchOS 9’s sleep tracking provides more insights with the introduction of sleep stages. Using signals from the accelerometer and heart rate sensor, the Apple Watch can detect if users are in REM, Core, or Deep sleep mode.
Users diagnosed with AFib can turn on the FDA-cleared AFib History feature, giving them access to an estimate of how often a user’s heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, receive weekly notifications to understand frequency and view a detailed history in Health app. Users can also download a PDF containing a detailed history of AFib and lifestyle factors, which can be easily shared with clinicians and caregivers for more informed conversations.
The new Medicines app on Apple Watch and iPhone helps users manage and track their medications, vitamins and supplements, allowing them to create a list of medications, set schedules and reminders, and view information about their medications in the Health app. The Medicines App on Apple Watch makes it easy for users to keep track of their medicines anytime, anywhere.
Custom schedules can be created for each medication, whether it needs to be taken multiple times a day, once a week, or as needed, and users can set up reminders to help keep them on track. In the US, users can receive an alert if they have potentially critical interactions with medications they’ve added to the Health app.
Additional updates for watchOS 9
- Staying in the know in the moment is a powerful part of the Apple Watch experience, and in watchOS 9, Notifications have been redesigned To be less annoying while still impactful, it arrives with new slim banners when the Apple Watch is actively used.
- family setting Now supports the Home app so a child can be invited as a member to control HomePod speakers and smart home accessories. They can also use home keys and hotel keys in Apple Wallet.
- with the new Quick Actions On the Apple Watch, users can do more with the dual dial gesture, including answering or ending a phone call, taking a photo, playing or pausing media in the Now Playing app, and starting, pausing, or resuming a workout. This is based on the innovative technology used in AssistiveTouch on the Apple Watch, which gives users with upper-body extremity differences the option to control the Apple Watch with gestures such as tap or tap without having to tap the screen.
- Apple Watch is more accessible than ever for people with physical and mobility disabilities Apple Watch mirror, which helps users to control their Apple Watch remotely from their paired iPhone. With Apple Watch Mirroring, users can drive an Apple Watch using assistive iPhone features like Voice Control and Switch Control — so they can navigate the Apple Watch using their voice, voice actions, head tracking, and Made for iPhone external keys as alternatives to tapping on the Apple Watch display. Apple Watch Mirroring uses hardware and software integration, along with advancements built on AirPlay, to ensure users who rely on these navigation features benefit from unique Apple Watch apps like Blood Oxygen, Heart Rate, Alertness, and more.
- The QWERTY keyboard On Apple Watch Series 7, it adds support for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Mexico, Spain, and Latin America).
- Apps in use are now actively promoted over the rest of the apps in Redesigned dockmaking it easier for users to get back to them quickly.
- The Reminders app It now allows users to add or edit basic details such as date, time, location, tags, and notes.
- Stay productive with updates calendar app By creating new events directly from your Apple Watch. For the first time, users can access a week view as well as updated list, day, and month views to support more scrolling through calendar events.
- Heart recovery It is a useful fitness measure that can be an indicator of cardiovascular health. Apple Watch now provides estimates for Cardio recovery after an outdoor walking, running, or hiking exercise, even when the exercise hasn’t reached its peak intensity. This metric can be tracked over time in the Health app.
- New APIs Allow The developers design best-in-class third-party apps, with CallKit and share sheet support, access to a photo picker, and the ability to integrate watchOS apps with Apple TV.
As usual, both MacTrast and Apple warn users not to install any beta versions on the daily driver Apple Watch, especially older versions of new operating systems. Instead, only install the trial versions on a device intended for testing purposes.