Apple today released the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 9 update to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to experience the new watch software ahead of its fall release. The new beta comes two weeks after the first beta, and it corresponds to the fourth developer beta.
watchOS 9 update can be downloaded after upgrading your iPhone to iOS 16 public beta. After installing iOS 16, the appropriate watchOS 9 profile from Apple’s beta software website should also installed.
The software can be accessed by going to General > Software Update in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To update, Apple Watch must have 50% battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be within range of iPhone.
watchOS 9 expands sleep tracking to add sleep stages, allowing the watch to track when users are in REM Core mode or deep sleep, and supports a Medicines app to manage and get reminders for medications, vitamins and supplements.
There are four new watch faces, including Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan and Astronomy, and the ECG app supports AFib history to track how long someone has been in atrial fibrillation.
Custom workouts have been added to the Workout app, and there are fitness enhancements for runners, triathletes, and swimmers. Other new features include a CallKit API to answer VOIP calls on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring to control Apple Watch with an iPhone, Quick Actions to do more with a double pinch gesture, and updates. updates to the Reminders and Calendar applications.
You can find more information on everything new in the watchOS 9 update in our dedicated watchOS 9 roundup.