watchOS 9: New watch faces, power saving mode, sleep monitoring and more


Every year, closer to the summer, the heart of every fan of Apple technology stops in anticipation of the WWDC conference. On it, Apple usually shows updates to its operating systems – iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and others.

Last year, the Cupertino people very disappointed the owners of the Apple Watch. There were practically no innovations in watchOS 8: the Breathe application was slightly upgraded, music support was added to Always On, and a couple more minor chips were brought in.

I don’t know about you, but I harbored a serious grudge against the guys from Apple Park. Fortunately, this year, Tim Cook’s wards should be rehabilitated. WatchOS 9 is rumored to be one of the biggest OS updates for the Apple Watch in the last couple of years. Well, let’s see what they have in store for their users.

New Apple Watch features

A couple of months ago, I already complained to you that watchOS 8 turned out to be an extremely minor update.

Agree, we didn’t buy a watch for Apple to roll out a hand washing control function and beautiful animations in the Mindfulness app and present it as a breakthrough.

watchOS 8 might well fit as a small update to watchOS 7, but definitely not as a standalone update.

It is clear that some watchOS 9 features will be available exclusively for Apple Watch 8.

It seems that with the release of watchOS 9, Apple decided to fix this defect. Here is the supposed list of new features in watchOS 9 :

  • Detection of atrial fibrillation and the ability to track how often seizures (paroxysms) occur over a period of time.
  • Redesigned power saving mode that will be integrated into all applications on the Apple Watch.
  • Improved sleep monitoring function.
  • New features for monitoring women’s health.
  • Function of control of the drunk medicines.
  • Satellite to send short text messages and SOS to emergency services without a cellular connection (will be available on the new Apple Watch series).
  • New training modes.
  • New watch faces and a big update of the old ones.

On the one hand – nothing new, on the other – well, as if wow! I must say, the chips are really suitable and will definitely come in handy for many users. Particularly encouraging are the mentions of the ability to control attacks of atrial fibrillation.

If the Apple Watch really learns to monitor the ECG on its own throughout the day, then this will be a major breakthrough.

Another thing is that you will most likely have to put your finger on the Digital Crown wheel every time, because without it the circuit will not close, this is physics.

If an ECG Holter appears in the Apple Watch, it will be very cool.

The rest of the chips, it seems to me, should have been presented last year. The App Store has long had a bunch of sleep monitoring apps that are an order of magnitude superior to their native Health.

I can’t help but highlight the improved power saving mode in the Apple Watch. Not so long ago, I already told you about my Apple Watch 5, which has to be charged 2 times a day. If Apple fixes this, it will be very cool!

New Apple Watch faces

Watch faces on the Apple Watch have long been a big problem. Apple not only does not roll out new ones, but also does not update the old ones.

We have complained more than once about old watch faces that are not adapted to Apple Watch 7 at all. It looks like watchOS 9 will fix this.

The concept of watch faces in watchOS 9 with notifications on the main screen.

Caring users of Apple technology drew several concepts for new dials last year. One of the most interesting is the one shown in the image below. Particularly interesting is the dial with the font “Apple Garamond”.

It would also be nice to see notifications right on the watch face, and not swipe the top curtain for this. However, this is just a concept, which is practically not connected with the real picture.

The concept of new watch faces in watchOS 9.

Supported watchOS 9 devices

Every year, the owners of apple gadgets look forward to the WWDC summer conference with trepidation. Of course, this is largely due to the new features of iOS, macOS and watchOS, but do not forget about the list of supported devices.

Last year, watchOS 8 received absolutely all the same devices as watchOS 7. This year, according to leaks, the same thing will happen.

These Apple Watches are rumored to get watchOS 9 :

  • Apple Watch Series 3;
  • Apple Watch Series 4;
  • Apple Watch Series 5;
  • Apple Watch SE;
  • Apple Watch Series 6;
  • Apple Watch Series 7.

Will Apple Watch 3 support watchOS 9

Apple Watch 3 support remains a big question. On the one hand, many well-known analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo have said more than once that Apple Watch 3 will stop being released in 2022.

On the other hand, this does not change the fact that the 3rd series of smartwatches may receive its latest update. If the rumors are to be believed, the Apple Watch 3 will still get watchOS 9, but this will be their last update.

The Apple Watch 3 looks too dated in 2022.

The reason for such a strange decision is support for a Fitness + subscription. Think for yourself, if the watch does not receive an update, then the subscription will simply stop working for the lion’s share of users, which means that Apple will lose a significant part of the profit.

Of course, it is possible that the new watchOS 9 will include technologies that the 3rd series will not pull, but there was no indication of this.

When will watchOS 9 be released?

With a high degree of probability, WatchOS 9 will be released on June 6, 2022 at the WWDC 2022 conference, where other operating system updates from Apple will be presented.

We already talked about this event in a separate article: we briefly analyzed the chips of new operating systems, mentioned hardware innovations, and much more. Be sure to check it out.

Most likely watchOS 9 will be shown at the annual WWDC conference.

The main part of the event will be held online, although some developers will still be able to visit Apple Park as part of a closed program.

After the announcement of watchOS 9, Apple will launch a developer beta testing program that will last a couple of months, and only by September 2022 will anyone be able to install watchOS 9.

Looking forward to watchOS 9? What about the Apple Watch 8? They say that many new interesting chips will be presented there.

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