Apple’s most-anticipated upgrade to WatchOS 9 does not appear at WWDC ahead of Series 8

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This week at WWDC 2022, Apple revealed watchOS 9, but a huge boost to low power mode that we were warned to expect didn’t actually materialize. This raises questions about whether the functionality will come with the Apple Watch Series 8 or if it even exists.

At the 2022 WWDC, Apple revealed watchOS 9, which includes new configurable watch faces, a better workout app, new health features such as the Medications app and Afib history, as well as better tracking of sleep quality and duration. However, a substantial update that had been rumored by a trusted source before the event did not materialize.

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According to Mark Gurman’s April report: Apple is also working on a new low-power mode for watchOS 9 that will allow its wristwatch to run various applications and functionalities without consuming as much battery life. A low-power mode known as “Power Reserve” on the Apple Watch means that the time is the only thing that can be read. Many of the watch faces that come pre-installed on the gadget will also be updated in the coming months.

However, Apple did not mention this feature in its presentation or in the watchOS 9 preview, which means that users of the Apple Watch Series 7 and other best-selling Apple Watch models have missed out on a crucial upgrade.

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