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watchOS 9 is the ninth major release of watchOS for the Apple Watch series that is in development at Apple Inc.[2]

Product history

watchOS 9 is derived from iOS 16; both were announced on June 6 at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference and are scheduled to be released sometime later in 2022.[3]

New features

VP of Technology Kevin Lynch and staff introduced the following new features at WWDC 2022:[4]

  • Metrics — updated to improve user workouts.
  • Sleep — records user sleep activity.
  • Heart — updated with the ability to record atrial fibrillation (AFib) history of users.
  • Medications — help users manage medications and supplements.
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Some new accessibility features that Apple previewed as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 17, 2022 include:[5][6]

  • Apple Watch mirroring for users to control their watchOS device remotely from an iPhone.
  • New Quick Actions to expand AssistiveTouch gestures in watchOS.
  • Siri Pause Time to allow more time for users with speech disabilities to issue a voice command.

Supported devices

watchOS 9 is expected to run on the new Apple Watch Series 8, but has dropped support for the Apple Watch Series 3. An iPhone 8 or later running at least iOS 16 is also required to support the following models:[2][7][8]

* Support ended for Apple Watch Series 3.

Release history

Version Build Release date Notes
9.0 beta 1 20R5287q 2022-06-06 First developer beta.
9.0 beta 2 20R5307h 2022-06-22 2nd developer beta.

References

See also

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