The sixth beta of an anticipated watchOS 9 upgrade was released to advanced technologies for testing purposes. The fifth beta was already made available to developers.
Developers must acquire the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center in order to install watchOS 9. After it has been set up, watchOS 8 may be downloaded through the iPhone’s specialized Apple Watch app by selecting General > New update. An Apple Watch must have 50% battery life or more, be connected to a charger, and be within ange of an iPhone in order to get software updates.
In addition to updating several current watch faces and complexity, watchOS 9 provides four new watch faces: Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan, and Astronomy. The AFib History feature of the ECG app now allows users to log how long they have experienced arrhythmia.
With the addition of sleep stages, the Apple Watch can now measure users’ REM, Core, or Deep sleep, and Apple has also included a Medications app. Users may manage and track their supplements, vitamins, and prescriptions with the help of the Medications app, which also provides reminders for when to take them.
The Workout app has been updated to include personalized routines and enhancements for swimmers, triathletes, and joggers. Those without an Apple TV can now broadcast Fitness+ workouts to some third-party TVs, and notifications have been updated to be less intrusive when the watch’s screen is on.
Other new features include a CallKit API that enables VOIP calls to be answered on the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring for managing the Apple Watch with an iPhone, Quick Actions for accomplishing more with a double pinch motion, and changes to the Notifications and Calendar apps.