The Apple Watch Series 4 and later are eligible to receive watchOS 9 and all you need to do is download the update. The update is free of charge and comes with some notable new features, including customizable dial numbers, Enhanced complications, and Low power mode. Read on to learn more. Below is a list of what you can expect from watchOS 9.
Apple Watch Series 4 or later
The Apple Watch can record ECG readings from the wrist. This feature makes use of electrodes built into the Digital Crown and an electrical heart rate sensor in the back crystal of the Apple Watch. Touching the Digital Crown will start an ECG recording, and the app will then categorize your heart rhythm after about 30 seconds. You can use the ECG recording to monitor your heart rate or to check for symptoms of heart disease, like Atrial Fibrillation. The results and recordings will be saved in PDF format.
In addition to the new models, the Apple Watch is also getting a makeover. Beginning Friday, September 14, the new Series 4 will be available in Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, the UAE, and other countries. The new Series 4 will feature an updated design and improved health features, and will be priced at $399 or $499. Apple Watch Series 4 is available in gold, silver, and space black stainless steel. The Digital Crown has also received haptic feedback, which means it now feels like it is turning. Additionally, the Digital Crown has a mechanical feel with incremental clicks.
New watch faces
Apple has introduced four new watch faces in watchOS 9. Portraits, Modular, Compact, and X-Large are all new options. The Modular face features a depth effect on photos, while the X-Large offers changeable backdrop colors. The Workout app has also received an update, adding new metrics and warnings to the watch faces. You can even add pets to the watch faces and use new tools to edit the background layers.
Playtime, a new Apple Watch face, features a 3D model of the Earth surrounded by moon phases. The Playtime watch face includes four complications, including analog and digital time. The Playtime face, for example, depicts the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and the lunar calendar. It also offers a custom calendar that shows Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic dates. Another new face is Metropolitan, with custom numbers that change with the turn of the Digital Crown.
WatchOS 9 brings four new watch faces and enhanced complications to the classic X-Large and Modular models. The Focus face lets you choose the Apple Watch face to display during a specific iPhone Focus. During Personal Focus, the Photos face appears automatically. The updated watch faces are available for download from the Apple App Store. You can also use the Apple Watch app to set time and alarms for your phone, calendar, and other apps.
Besides the new watch faces, watchOS 9 also introduces a rich set of complications. These include timers, alarms, and fitness-tracking features. Additionally, you can now customize the color of the backgrounds for Modular faces. Another big change that comes with watchOS 9 is the Workout app. The updated Workout app will give you rich metrics and training experiences inspired by top athletes. Additionally, the updated Sleep app will let you track the stages of your sleep, and the Medications app will make managing your medication a breeze.
Low power mode
Apple is rumored to be planning to add a new low power mode to the Apple Watch with watchOS 9. This mode would allow the device to run certain features and apps without using as much battery power. This would be a big change from the current “power reserve” feature, which restricts all other functionality to the time. Apple will also be updating many built-in watch faces. However, it is not clear when it will make this feature available.
The Apple Watch will be adding low-power mode in watchOS 9. This feature may disable heart-rate monitoring, most accelerometer functions, and third-party apps. It could also reduce the battery life to 48 hours. This mode would be useful for people who need to use the device for extended periods away from a charger. If this is the case, watchOS 9 could be a big step forward. In addition to being a major update, watchOS 9 will bring a new look to Apple Watches.