watchOS 9: Here’s what we know so far about new features, supported devices, and more

watchOS 9 WWDC 2022

Now that WWDC 2022 is a couple of weeks from now, we’re gearing up for the release of watchOS 9. This will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the Apple Watch. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for watchOS 9 this year, including new features, release info, and more. 

When will watchOS 9 be announced?

watchOS 9 will likely be announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. The event will be online, although some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it’s released for all users around September, as the company has done over the past years.

watchOS 9 supported devices

One of the biggest questions people have every year is whether or not Apple will drop support for any older Apple Watch model. With last year’s release of watchOS 8, Apple maintained compatibility with all of the devices that were supported by watchOS 7, although limiting many functions.

As rumors point out that Apple could finally ditch the Apple Watch Series 3 from its lineup, it’s most likely that watchOS 9 could be the last update for the 2017 smartwatch. The reason why Apple could keep it going for another year is its affordable price and compatibility with Apple Fitness+. Here’s the list of devices that should support watchOS 9:

New features in watchOS 9

Although little is known about watchOS 9, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman gives a few tidbits about what to expect from this year’s watchOS thanks to rumors about Apple Watch Series 8. Here are some of the features that we should expect with the next operating system for the Apple Watch, as posted in his Power On newsletter:

Bloomberg also reported that Apple wants to dramatically upgrade the low power state function. The company is also readying updates to many of its built-in watch faces. Gurman says Apple aims to ‘refresh many’ of its faces.

9to5Mac’s Take

We expect more details on watchOS 9 to emerge as we approach WWDC 2022 kicking off on June 6. In the meantime, however, it looks like watchOS 9 could be an interesting upgrade, with Apple focusing on the bigger screens with better fitness tracking.

What do you hope to see in watchOS 9? What’s on the top of your wishlist? Let us know down in the comments.

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