Apple releases watchOS 9 – MacDailyNews

Apple released watchOS 9 on Monday which offers great new ways to keep yourself active, healthy and connected with Apple Watch. You have more ways to train and measure your workouts, a completely redesigned compass app, a new app to track your medications, more powerful sleep tracking with sleep stages, and better information and support for your heart health if you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

watchOS 9 offers new experiences and features, app updates, and creative ways to customize Apple Watch to suit any style.
watchOS 9 offers new experiences and features, app updates, and creative ways to customize Apple Watch to suit any style.

New in watchOS 9:

Look at the faces
– Astronomy now shows current cloud cover and star map
– Lunar includes a Chinese, Jewish or Islamic lunar calendar wrapped around a moon with a live representation of the moon phases
– Playtime includes animated numbers designed by Chicago artist Joi -Fulton with editing options for background colors
– Metropolitan features a type-based dial with numerals that dynamically change in style and weight as you turn the digital crown
– Nike Analog, Nike Bounce, Nike Compact, Nike Digital and Nike Hybrid, all with a touchable Nike Swoosh launching Nike Run Club, are now available for more Apple Watch models
– Rich complications, Chinese script options and background color editor available on Breathe, California, Modular, Typograph and more
– Portraits now supports cat and dog portraits and landscapes with the ability to customize the color of the background or the entire photo
– Ability to choose the quadrant displayed when a focus is active

Work out
– Ability to customize and scroll through multiple training views during a workout, including splits, segments, activity rings and more
– The heart rate zone view uses your maximum and resting heart rates to create custom zones and shows the time spent in each zone
– Elevation view shows your current altitude and elevation gain and visually maps your altitude progress during outdoor running, outdoor cycling, outdoor wheelchair gait, hiking, outdoor walking and outdoor wheelchair gait
– Running Power view, measured in watts, shows an instant measure of how much power is being generated while running (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 and later)
– Running shape metrics, including stride length, ground contact time and vertical swing, available in training views to track and track your running efficiency trend (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 and versions following)
– Custom workout allows you to create workouts with repeating sets of intervals that can be based on a time, distance, or open goal with automatic or manual advancement to the next set
– Pacer offers a training experience to help you maintain your desired pace using alerts and a dedicated training view
– Multisport training supports duathlon or triathlon training with automatic detection of Open Water / Pool Swim, Indoor / Outdoor Cycle, Indoor / Outdoor Run and transitions to the next leg
– Training alerts can be customized for parameters such as pace, power, cadence and heart rate zones
– Pool swim workouts automatically detect kickboard
– SWOLF swimming efficiency metric calculated as number of strokes plus time to complete the lap

Fitness +
– Coach guide displayed on screen, including goals for Intensity, strokes per minute for Rowing, revolutions per minute for Cycling and incline percentage for treadmill
– Coach directions and personal fitness metrics displayed on screen for compatible third-party TVs and devices

Compass
– Redesigned compass app with more in-depth information and zoomable views (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 5 and later)
– The main face supports both an analog compass dial and a digital view of the current bearing and heading
– The zoomed view provides an analog view of the bearing plus altitude, pitch and coordinates
– Compass waypoints allow you to mark your location or point of interest (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 and later)
– Backtrack uses GPS to track your historical path in case of loss or disorientation (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6 and later)

Sleep
– Sleep phase tracking using accelerometer and heart rate sensor data to track time spent in REM, Core and Deep Sleep, as well as awake
– The comparison chart provides a view of your heart rate and respiratory rate along with the time spent asleep in the Health app on iPhone

Medicines
– Ability to record needed and scheduled medications, including quantity and time taken
– Ability to view the drug schedule and what you have recorded for the day
– Reminder to record scheduled medications
– Medication complication to see your schedule or quickly open the app
– History of AFib
– Weekly notifications with estimated percentage of time spent in atrial fibrillation during the previous calendar week
– Highlights show the day of the week and time AFib is highest
– Tracking lifestyle factors that can affect time spent on AFib, including exercise, sleep, weight, alcohol consumption, and awareness minutes in the Health app on iPhone
– Shareable PDF for richer conversations with healthcare professionals
– Support for users aged 22 and over diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

Family setup
– The Podcast app is now available and includes the ability to search, download, follow programs and explore curated content
– Third party email support extended to Yahoo and Outlook
– Edit and share contact photos now available

Accessibility
– Extended quick actions with AssistiveTouch to play and pause in Now Playing, pause and resume in Workout, take a photo using the camera remote, and switch between map view and turn-by-turn directions in Maps
– Bluetooth keyboard pairing with Apple Watch
– Apple Watch Mirroring lets you control Apple Watch remotely from your paired iPhone via AirPlay with support for assistive technologies like Voice Control or Switch Control as an alternative to tapping the Apple Watch display

Other features and improvements:
– Power Saver mode maintains core Apple Watch features by temporarily disabling certain background features such as always-on display and heart health notifications to extend battery life
– Support for international roaming allows you to stay connected to your cellular network while traveling abroad (Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 5 and later)
– Extended keyboard languages ​​including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish available on Apple Watch Series 7 and later
– Communication security setting in Screen Time gives parents the ability to activate alerts for children when they receive or attempt to send photos containing nudity in Messages
– Cycle deviation notifications alert you if your recorded menstrual cycles show a pattern of rare periods, irregular periods, prolonged periods, or persistent spotting
– New Apple Watch estimated Cardio Recovery metric available in Health app
– Reminder app updated to support editing so you can add key details like location, tags and expiration times
– The Calendar app has been redesigned to support the creation of new calendar events with the ability to switch between day, list and week views
– Improved Podcast experience with search support, the ability to follow and unfollow shows, and discover new content in Listen Now
– Updated dock to show apps running in the background above
– Redesigned notifications with optimized slimline banner when actively using Apple Watch

Note from MacDailyNews: Some features may not be available for all countries or areas, for more information visit:
https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

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