Apple says watchOS 9 offers new ways to stay healthy, active, and connected

Apple announced a number of new features and improvements to its watchOS 9 operating system with a preview. For example, Watch users can use four new dials that provide more information and also further customize the watch. The Workout app has been updated with comprehensive overviews, metrics, and exercises, while the Sleep Phases and a new AFib log feature are also new. According to Apple, the new medication app is supposed to make it easier to manage, understand, and track your medications.

On the screen, you can now rotate the Digital Crown during a workout session to switch between different workout views, so you can see data about different types of training. Heart rate zones can be automatically calculated based on your health data or set manually to track exercise intensity. In addition, you can now use custom workouts to create a workout with sports and rest periods, while notifications about speed, strength, heart rate and cadence should help you with your workout.

Accessible to everyone, Apple Fitness+ is the first fitness and wellness service designed for the Apple Watch. By design, exercise metrics are sent from your watch to your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV screen in real time. As of watchOS 9, Fitness + Workouts now includes on-screen prompts in addition to training. Fitness+ subscribers without Apple TV can use AirPlay to view workouts and meditation sessions on compatible third-party TVs.

Thanks to the sleep features on the Apple Watch, it was already possible to create schedules for bedtime and relaxation, as well as track your sleep to achieve your goals. In watchOS 9, you should now be able to track your sleep more accurately thanks to sleep stages. With the signals from the accelerometer and heart rate sensor, the watch can determine which stage of sleep you are in: REM sleep, deep sleep or deep sleep. You should then be able to see all the data about the sleep phases in the Sleep app. Detailed information about your sleep duration and metrics like heart rate and respiratory rate can be found in graphs in the Health app on your iPhone.

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With watchOS 9, people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation can take advantage of the AFib History feature. This way they see more information about how often the heartbeat shows signs of atrial fibrillation. Feature users receive weekly notifications for more information about the frequency. They can also view a comprehensive history in the Health app, which includes lifestyle factors that can affect atrial fibrillation, such as sleep, alcohol consumption and exercise.

watchOS 9 beta is available to developers through the Apple Developer Program at developer.apple.com† A public beta will be available to all watchOS users next month beta.apple.com† watchOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 4 or later paired with an iPhone 8 or later or iPhone SE (2nd generation) or later with iOS 16 installed. Some features may not be available in all languages ​​or regions, or may not be available in all languages ​​or regions. All devices. Features can be changed. For more information visit apple.com/nl/watchos/watchos-preview

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