Apple today seeded the second beta version of an upcoming update to watchOS 9 for its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to experience the new watch software ahead of its fall release. The new beta version comes two weeks after the first beta version and corresponds to the fourth beta version of the developer.
The watchOS 9 update can be downloaded after updating your iPhone to the iOS 16 public beta. After installing iOS 16, the appropriate watchOS 9 profile from Apple’s beta software website must also be installed.
The software can be accessed by going to General > Software Update in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery life, be placed on the charger, and be within range of the iPhone.
watchOS 9 expands the sleep tracking feature to add sleep stages, allowing the watch to track when users are in REM Core or deep sleep, plus it supports a Medications app to manage and receive medication reminders , vitamins and supplements.
There are four new watch faces, including Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan, and Astronomy, and the ECG app supports AFib History to track how long someone has had atrial fibrillation.
Custom workouts have been added to the Workout app, and there are fitness enhancements for runners, triathletes, and swimmers. Other new features include a CallKit API to answer VOIP calls on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring to control Apple Watch with an iPhone, Quick Actions to get more done with a double-pinch gesture, and updates to the Reminders and Calendar apps.
More information about everything new in the watchOS 9 update can be found in our dedicated watchOS 9 roundup.
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