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Apple today seeded the fourth 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 a week after the third beta, and it corresponds to the sixth developer beta that was released yesterday.

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The watchOS 9 update can be downloaded after upgrading your iPhone to the public beta version of iOS 16. After installing iOS 16, the proper watchOS 9 profile from Apple's beta software website must also be installed.

The software can be accessed by going to General > Software Update in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To update, ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone.

watchOS 9 expands the sleep tracking feature to add sleep stages, allowing the watch to track when users are in REM Core, or Deep sleep, plus it supports a Medications app for managing and getting 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 for tracking 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 VOIP calls to be answered on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring for controlling the Apple Watch with an ‌iPhone‌, Quick Actions for doing more with a double pinch gesture, and updates to the Reminders and Calendar apps.

More on everything that's new in the watchOS 9 update can be found in our dedicated watchOS 9 roundup.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth watchOS 9 Public Beta
 

AirunJae

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The watch faces are still as boring as the day the watch came out. Give us OPTIONS Apple!
Yeah, I really think they should do some collaborations with some brands and app developers or something. Like, I used a WearOS several years back, and the vast majority of watch faces you could download were... not aesthetically pleasing. I understand the reticence to open it up completely, but a few new options once or twice a year isn't really cutting it.
 

yabeweb

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Yeah, I really think they should do some collaborations with some brands and app developers or something. Like, I used a WearOS several years back, and the vast majority of watch faces you could download were... not aesthetically pleasing. I understand the reticence to open it up completely, but a few new options once or twice a year isn't really cutting it.
Not aesthetically pleasing to some, but aren’t we in the “freedom” era?
 

hagjohn

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Yeah, I really think they should do some collaborations with some brands and app developers or something. Like, I used a WearOS several years back, and the vast majority of watch faces you could download were... not aesthetically pleasing. I understand the reticence to open it up completely, but a few new options once or twice a year isn't really cutting it
I do not really think the majority of the Apple Watch faces are all that aesthetically pleasing and would never use them.
 

ndouglas

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Agreed, the watch faces could use much more variety and features. However, that was true for Fitbit years ago when I had a “Charge 2” and it never kept me from enjoying the conveniences of the device. Same for Apple Watch for me, now, I would enjoy more watch faces, but it’s low on the list of important improvements for me, like battery life. Maybe my enjoyment of both devices comes from keeping pretty low / basic expectations.
 
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everlast3434

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Yeah, I really think they should do some collaborations with some brands and app developers or something. Like, I used a WearOS several years back, and the vast majority of watch faces you could download were... not aesthetically pleasing. I understand the reticence to open it up completely, but a few new options once or twice a year isn't really cutting it.
For sure! Collabs, approved devs, something!
 
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txb0115

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If a lack of watch faces annoys anyone that much, they need to evaluate their lives.

Would I like more faces with a little better customization?

Sure.

Does the lack of those affect my life in any measurable way? No. I’m able to use my watch just fine.
 

ZzapDK

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Strange…mine updated without issue (also on newest 16 beta/Series 6). Perhaps try a full restart of phone and/or watch?
Disabled/re-enabled Wi-Fi and BT first without effect, then restarted both devices and still nothing
 
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thalegold

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Same old thing. YAWWWWN. So bored of the watch. The watch faces are okay but nothing to run out and get excited about. Some of them are quite stupid honestly. This may turn out to be the first time I buy a Samsung instead.
 

terrapinjess

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Once they add an option to make the watch hands go opaque as they pass over the complications… so y’know… they don’t get covered/blocked… I’ll be happy. That annoys the crap out of me with the most useful face: Infograph. The watch hands are constantly covering information rendering that information useless.
 

ZzapDK

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Disabled/re-enabled Wi-Fi and BT first without effect, then restarted both devices and still nothing
ok, perhaps it has been some kind of throttling from server side?
I just launched the Watch app again, and it went directly to "Verifying" and now "Installing..."
 

Juuro

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So, how stable is this beta? I'm doing a triathlon tomorrow and thought about giving it a try.
 

ZzapDK

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I would never install a beta on a device that I *need* to use, as you will probably run into issues sooner or later.
Having said that, it seems to work fine on mine
 

Juuro

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I would never install a beta on a device that I *need* to use, as you will probably run into issues sooner or later.
Having said that, it seems to work fine on mine
Yeah, I decided to not do it. But apart from that who *needs* the Apple watch? Anything beyond convenience can also be done with the iPhone. And the iPhone you can downgrade to the lastest stable iOS, you sadly can't do that with watchOS. In the past I often did install iOS betas on my one and only iPhone. Yes, sometimes I had issues, like the phone turning off from now and then or getting hot or some Apps not working properly. But you can work with that or downgrade again.
So if you are interested and prepared to work around some potential issues do it.
 

ZzapDK

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who *needs* the Apple watch?
Yeah, it was also more a question of how would you feel if your device(s) failed you during your triathlon. If that wasn't an issue, then I'd go ahead. I have installed the beta on my iphone, watch and ipad and for me - if something failed - I'm sure it'd be fixed eventually
 
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