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WatchOS 9 will bring better sleep tracking and new fitness features to Apple Watch

This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

Apple has announced WatchOS 9, its next major software update for the Apple Watch. The company presented the update during its annual report Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, where he showed off new fitness features for runners, better sleep tracking, an app to track medications and new watch faces.

With WatchOS 9, the Apple Watch will benefit from new measures to help runners better understand their performance and reduce the risk of injury. These new stats include vertical oscillation, stride length, and ground contact time. There’s also a new training view to see more information at a glance, such as segments, splits, and elevation. Heart rate zones are also coming to the Apple Watch to give users a deeper insight into their workout intensity. There’s also a new multi-sport workout option so triathlon participants can easily switch between multiple workouts.

Apple is also bringing Sleep Stages to its smartwatches. As the name suggests, Sleep Stages will tell the user how long they have spent in light, deep, and REM sleep. Fitness trackers from Fitbit, Samsung and other companies have already offered this feature, so this addition should bring the Apple Watch up to speed.

WatchOS 9 will also bring some improvements to atrial fibrillation detection. The Apple Watch will now be able to provide more context with a new feature called AFib History, which tracks frequency and other AFib-related trends.

A new Medications app is also coming to WatchOS 9. The app is intended to make it easier to log medications and set regular reminders to take specific medications and vitamins, even without an Apple Watch. You will be able to add medications by scanning a label or entering the name manually. The app will also display information about drug interactions.

The update will also bring other features, such as four new watch faces and support for six new keyboard languages.

New software updates for major Apple products are usually the centerpiece of WWDC. Apple is using its keynote as an opportunity to build excitement for new features and updates before software arrives later in the year. Although most of the conference is being held virtually, Apple is also hosting a special developer and student event on June 6 at its Apple Park campus.

The update comes as Apple has maintained its leadership position in the smartwatch industry. Apple accounted for 36.1% of smartwatch shipments in the first quarter of 2022, up from 35.9% in the same period last year, according to Search for counterpoint. Apple also nabbed 28.9% of basic watch and smartwatch shipments in the first quarter of 2022, according to a report by a research firm. Canalys.

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