The Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2022, and Apple Watch Ultra were revealed last week. Fortunately, if you already have a (compatible) Apple Watch, a new software update is rolling out with some of the features of the new models.
Apple has released watchOS 9, the latest major update to the operating system that powers the Apple Watch series. Features four new watch faces: Lunar (a calendar view featuring the Moon), Playtime (an artistic design), Metropolitan (a face that changes style as the digital crown is turned), and Astronomy (featuring a star map and current cloud data). ). Apple has also updated many older watch faces with new background color options and support for modern complications, and Nike watch faces are now available on all Apple Watch models.
The new update also introduces Low Power Mode, which disables or limits some features to conserve battery life, like background heart rate monitoring and always-on display. However, activity tracking and fall detection still work with Low Power Mode enabled.
Notifications have also been updated in watchOS 9 “so they’re less disruptive and still impactful,” according to Apple. There are plenty of other smaller changes, like new running metrics, a redesigned Compass app, historical data for AFib readings, and updated medication reminders and tracking.
The update is rolling out to Apple Watch Series 4 and later, and all Apple Watch SE models. It should also be pre-installed on new models when they start shipping. If you haven’t received a notification yet, you can check for updates manually.