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watchOS 9 debuts with new watch faces, refreshed Workout app & more | AppleInsider

watchOS 9 debuts with new watch faces, refreshed Workout app & more | AppleInsider

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Apple has officially unveiled watchOS 9, the latest update to its wearable operating system that introduces several new watch faces, a revamped Workout app, and other features.

The new watchOS 9 update got a preview at the company’s WWDC 2022 keynote Monday. As is typical with major number releases, the latest version of watchOS brings a suite of new features to the Apple Watch.

Some of those new features include watch faces that have support for both Islamic and Hebrew calendars. New productivity features include a way to pin apps to the top of the dock to make them easier to access, revamped notifications, and a new Podcasts app.

The revamped Workout app will also introduce much more granular tracking metrics and features for runners, including vertical oscillation, ground contact time, and stride length. A new custom workout type will let users focus on specific areas, and new alerts like Pace and Heart Rate Zones will give fitness enthusiasts more data to work with. Additionally, Apple is also releasing new training experiences inspired by high-performing athletes.

Apple has also updated the Sleep app on watchOS, allowing users to learn more about their sleep patterns. The feature, called Sleep Stages, will use machine learning to determine whether a user is in REM, Core, or Deep sleep.

As far as health features go, Apple introduced a new AFib History option that allows users to see how often their heart rates showed signs of atrial fibrillation over a set period of time. Apple was granted approval by the FDA for that feature earlier on Monday.

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The Apple Watch will also get a new Medications app to help users keep track of their meds, vitamins, and supplements. The app will remind users about when to take medications, track dosages and other information, and alert them for drug interactions. Both Health and Medications data can be shared with family members.

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