watchOS 9 Overview Updated June 13, 2022

watchOS 9: Features, Watch Faces, compatibility, release date

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August 2021 - June 2022


watchOS 9 is Apple Watch’s upcoming operating system. The Apple Watch software focuses on health and well being-features, as it did with watchOS 8. Here’s everything we know about Apple’s future watchOS update.

New features in watchOS 9

watchOS 9 on Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 8 in 2021, Apple introduced a handful of features for the Apple Watch. Setting multiple timers, bringing more workouts, while also focusing on mindfulness, the last operating system brought several improvements.

With watchOS 9, Apple is polishing features introduced last year, such as Focus Mode, and Sleep tracking, revamping old Watch Faces, and adding new apps such as Medication, and more.

Here’s what you need to know about watchOS 9.

New and revamped Watch Faces

Apple Watch series 7 watch faces

With watchOS 9, Apple is bringing four new Watch Faces: Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan, and Astronomy.

  • Lunar: Apple describes it as a watch face that “depicts the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and lunar calendar;”
  • Playtime: A dynamic and interactive watch face created in collaboration with illustrator and artist Joi Fulton;
  • Metropolitan: A classic watch face that replicates an analog watch but with multiple customization options;
  • Astronomy: Completely revamped, it adds super detailed 3D versions of the Earth and the Moon.
three watch faces

Apple also updated Modular, Modular Compact, X-Large, Simple, and Utility Watch Faces to take advantage of the larger displays available on the Apple Watch. Last but not least, the Portrait watch face now works with pet portraits.

Workout app now displays more info, focuses on Heart Rate Zones, and more

watchOS 9 is really giving some love to the Workout app with new Workout Views. The display now lets you see more while working out by showing Activity rings, Heart Rate Zones, Power, and Elevation.

With Heart Rate Zones, which is the main goal of the popular activity app Gentler Streak, watchOS 9 helps you understand the intensity level of your exercise. Training zones are automatically calculated and personalized using your health data.

Workout app

In addition, it’s easy to customize your workouts and receive alerts for pace, heart rate, cadence, and power. watchOS 9 now gives you instant feedback to know if you’re on pace to meet your goal and dynamic pacing helps you with that.

Last but not least, Multisport lets you automatically transition between swim, bike, and run. Apple calls it “singularly awesome for triathletes.”

Sleep app and new Medication app

Apple introduced the Sleep app with watchOS 8. Now, with watchOS 9, Apple is finally making it useful to all users. With Sleep stages, you can see how much time you spent in REM, Core, or Deep sleep, as well as when you might have woken up.

With the new Medication app, you can have reminders for medications, while helping you discreetly and conveniently keep track of your medications, vitamins, and supplements.

Device compatibility

Although Apple keeps selling the Apple Watch Series 3, it won’t support watchOS 9. Here are the models to receive the future update:

  • Apple Watch Series 4 (2018)
  • Apple Watch Series 5 (2019)
  • Apple Watch SE (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (2021)

Apple is also expected to unveil three new Apple Watches in 2022.

Release date: When will watchOS 9 come out?

watchOS 9 was announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. In July, Apple will release the public beta version of the operating system, followed by the general public version to all users later in the fall.

watchOS 9 Stories June 25

Gentler Streak wants to bring compassion to your fitness goals. But how does it plan to do that? The Apple Watch app is readying a new unique feature called Go Gentler, which will recommend daily actions based on your workout history. 9to5Mac interviewed Gentler Streak founder Katarina Lotrič about the app’s future, and how watchOS 9 could impact and help users in a gentler future.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 18

Apple previewed watchOS 9 during the WWDC 2022 keynote. For the first time, not only is the company bringing a ton of features to the Apple Watch, but it seems Apple finally learned how to let go of the Apple Watch Series 3, as the five-years-old wearable won’t support this upcoming operating system.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 17

A wide range of valuable new running features comes with watchOS 9. From heart rate zones and stride length, ground contact time to vertical oscillation, and new features like ghost racing your personal best and creating custom workouts, here’s a hands-on look at the new Apple Watch running metrics in watchOS 9.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 16

Last week, Apple previewed during the WWDC 2022 keynote its 2022 software updates: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura, and tvOS 16. All of these operating system updates will be available a few months from now. Which of them are you most excited to try?

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watchOS 9 is receiving one of the most important updates for the Apple Watch operating system in years. With a focus on health and wellbeing, the upcoming watchOS will also revamp how users turn off the water lock and sleep mode features, no longer requiring them to spin the Digital Crown.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 14

watchOS 9 was previewed last week during the WWDC 2022 keynote. While this will be the operating system for the future Apple Watch Series 8, rumors also believe Apple is readying a second-generation Apple Watch SE and a new extreme sports Apple Watch model. With what Apple previewed – and what I could test so far – I do think the company is teasing the extreme sports Watch with watchOS 9.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 8

Apple announced watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022 along with iOS 16 and other software updates. With watchOS 9, Apple Watch users will get new and updated watch faces, plus enhanced health features, medication reminders, and more. Apple has also added new APIs to watchOS 9, so third-party apps can now have a share sheet and native VoIP integration.

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Want to test out everything coming with the latest watchOS release like the new watch faces, advanced running metrics, enhanced sleep tracking, and more? Follow along for how to get watchOS 9 on your Apple Watch early with the beta.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 7

Apple on Monday announced watchOS 9, the next major update to the Apple Watch operating system. It comes with features like better sleep monitoring and a new medication reminder app and also brings new and updated watch faces. Read on as we detail what’s new for Apple Watch faces in watchOS 9.

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watchOS 9 has added yet another feature that could have gone missing for those Apple Watch Series 6 or older users. Starting with this upcoming operating system, Apple Watch Series 7 users will be able to use QuickType, a famous iOS 8 feature.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 6

After the end of the WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple is now releasing the first beta of watchOS 9. The company’s future operating system for the Apple Watch is now available for developers to test. Here’s what you need to know about this update.

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Apple is still selling Apple Watch Series 3 in its online store, even though it just announced the smartwatch won’t make the cut when watchOS 9 is released later this fall.

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Remember the QWERTY keyboard available to Apple Watch Series 7 users? While it was only available for English users, Apple has announced that watchOS 9 will bring additional language support to this feature.

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During WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple announced watchOS 9. As we expected, the company revealed it won’t be available for Apple Watch Series 3 when the operating system launches later this fall.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 3

WWDC 2022 is just around the corner, and soon we’ll be learning about the next versions of Apple’s operating systems – which of course include iOS 16 and watchOS 9. After asking our readers what they expect to see in iOS 16, we now want to know what watchOS 9 features you are most excited to see.

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watchOS 9 Stories June 2

WWDC 2022 begins next week with the opening keynote on Monday, and we’ll finally get to see the next versions of Apple’s operating systems. Among all the rumors for watchOS 9, there’s one that caught my attention – a new low power mode for the Apple Watch. And in fact, I do think that the Apple Watch should have a smart low power mode.

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watchOS 9 Stories May 22

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. 

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watchOS 9 Stories May 2

We’re a month away from WWDC when Apple will unveil the next major updates to its operating systems – including watchOS. While some users are certainly hoping for new features and even new watch faces with watchOS 9, I just wish Apple would show some love for the old watch faces in the Apple Watch operating system.

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watchOS 9 Stories April 12

Apple is apparently aiming to expand the amount of functionality Apple Watch users can perform, whilst keeping the device in a low power state. Right now, Power Reserve mode on Apple Watch only allows users to see the time with a simple digital clock. All other features of the watch are disabled.

But according to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple wants to dramatically upgrade the experience. The new low power mode focus would allow customers to run a suite of apps and features without using as much battery life. This could help make the Apple Watch more useful for customers who are taking long trips, or want to use sleep tracking without charging as much.

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watchOS 9 Stories April 10

In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman is bringing more tidbits about iOS 16 and watchOS 9, which he calls “major upgrades.” This is the first time Gurman reports about the upcoming operating systems after Apple announced the WWDC 2022 keynote set to occur on June 6.

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watchOS 9 Stories April 5

Apple has officially announced the dates for its annual WWDC event and keynote. This year, the event will take place entirely virtually from June 6 through June 10. This year at WWDC, we expect Apple to announce the future of its operating systems including iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Head below for all of the details on WWDC 2022.

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watchOS 9 Stories August 25, 2021

Over the past several years, Apple Watch software updates have been kind of small. watchOS 7 sped up the Apple Watch user interface, while watchOS 8 adds a handful of new useful apps. But with watchOS 9, Apple should introduce the biggest update to the experience yet.

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