Apple today prioritized the third beta of the upcoming watchOS 9 update in its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to experience the new Watch software before it drops. The new beta comes two weeks after the second beta, and it coincides with the fifth developer beta.
The watchOS 9 update can be downloaded after you upgrade your iPhone to the public beta version of iOS 16. From the proper watchOS 9 profile, after installing iOS 16 Apple’s beta software website also have to be installed.
The software can be accessed in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery life, be placed on a charger, and be within range of the iPhone.
watchOS 9 expands the sleep tracking feature to add Sleep Stages, which allows the watch to track when users are in REM core, or deep sleep, as well as manage reminders for medications, vitamins, and supplements. And supports a Medication App to receive.
There are four new watch faces including Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan and Astronomy, and the ECG app supports AFib history to track how long a person has been in atrial fibrillation.
Custom workouts have been added to the Workout app, and there are fitness improvements for runners, triathletes, and swimmers. Other new features include a CallKit API that allows answering VOIP calls on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring to control Apple Watch with iPhone, quick actions to do with double pinch gestures and more. , and updates to the Reminders and Calendar app.
Everything that’s new in the watchOS 9 update can be found in our dedicated watchOS 9 roundup.