The Apple Watch is one of the best wearables currently available on the market. Whether you’re interested in its fitness features or other practical features not related to health, this is a device that really packs a lot of technology into its small chassis. However, over the past few years, watchOS updates haven’t been very exciting, relatively speaking. Apple tends to focus its efforts on the iPhone by delivering feature-rich iOS updates. This commonplace cycle could potentially change with the release of watchOS this year. Apple is reportedly working on refreshing its watch faces, introducing an improved power reserve mode, and more in watchOS 9. Whereas users still can’t create their own watch faces, redesigned and integrated should bring some excitement to the table later this year.
watch OS 9
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working to refresh its library of watch faces in watchOS 9. This planned addition could come with several new features and changes. These include a revamped Power Reserve mode and notable improvements to the Health app. Currently, when in power reserve, users can only access the time on their Apple Watches. watchOS 9 could change that and expand the features and apps people can use while in this mode.
With health being a focal point of Apple Watch, the company may add more health-related features in watchOS 9. Gurman’s report says these will include expanded sleep tracking, medication management, and new features. focused on women’s health. We may also see more workout types and additional running metrics in this next release.
Material to come
When it comes to hardware, Apple has also been busy making developments to its watch. We learned a few months ago that the company might be working on a blood pressure monitor. However, it looks like we won’t see this sensor on the watch until 2024. The Cupertino tech giant is said to be facing issues with its measurement accuracy. When/if released, Mark expects the feature to provide high blood pressure notifications – rather than actual numbers.
In the hardware department, Apple is also working on a body temperature feature for its watch. We could see that as early as this year. However, much like blood pressure expectations, the feature will likely only provide generic notifications, not actual numbers. Initially, this addition could be aimed at fertility planning, rather than determining abnormally high body temperatures.
Apple will likely unveil watchOS 9 during the WWDC22 keynote, which will take place on June 6. As for hardware, the company usually releases new Apple Watch models during its fall iPhone events. This year’s lineup could include an affordable SE model, a regular model, and a rugged model for extreme sports. We could also see satellite communication capabilities for emergencies.
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