Apple Watch watchOS9.2 is fantastic.
Apple Watch users (at least those with an Apple Watch Series 4 or later) are about to get a slew of new features with the release of watchOS9.2, which is now available for download.
This free update to Apple’s latest iteration of the wearable operating system includes a slew of new features. It includes updated workout algorithms, bug fixes, and a new Race Route tool for runners, cyclists, and wheelchair athletes using one of our best Apple Watch entries. We’ll show you how to get the new features in a moment. But first, let’s go over the list of available features.
The Race Route tool is similar to Garmin’s Pace Pro tool or Mario Kart’s “ghost” character in that it replicates your previous performance on the track, allowing you to race against your previous times. When selecting Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, and Outdoor Wheelchair workouts, you can compete against your previous performances.
Why would you desire this? If you’re training for an event, it’s a great way to push yourself on the same course each time. It gives you regular updates on whether you’re falling behind or pulling ahead of your previous time. Let’s get started!
Apple Watch watchOS9.2 is great
In the Workout app, a new custom Kickboxing algorithm for “more accurate metrics” has been added. Kickboxing was previously classified as an “Other” aerobic workout type in Apple Watch’s workout profiles. And it is measured in the same basic terms as other disciplines: heart rate, calories burned, and so on.
Your Apple Watch will, among other things, stop interrupting you with notifications during mindfulness sessions, which is fantastic news. The complete list of changes, as seen on Apple.com, can be found below.
- When you choose Outdoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, or Outdoor Wheelchair Workouts, Race Route allows you to compete against previous times and paces.
- The Workout app’s kickboxing algorithm is said to provide “more accurate” metrics.
- When using active noise cancellation, the Noise app, which displays environmental sound levels, is now available with the first-generation AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
- Users with Family Setup can be invited to the Home app to control HomePod speakers, unlock doors with home keys stored in Wallet, and use accessories.
- When Siren is activated on Apple Watch Ultra, hearing-impaired individuals can visualize it.
- Hand gesture controls for AssistiveTouch and Quick Actions have been improved in terms of accuracy and response time.
- Crash Detection has been improved to better support Apple Watches.
- Fix a bug in Sleep Focus that causes the display of an incorrect watch time immediately after dismissing an alarm. Correction for a bug that was causing mindfulness sessions to be interrupted
How to Install watchOS9.2 on Your Apple Watch?
To begin, you must have iOS 16.2 or later installed on your iPhone. As well as an Apple Watch capable of supporting watchOS9. Most people, but just to be clear, you’ll need one of the following models to make it work:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Ultra
Make sure your Apple Watch is fully charged, and then launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to update. To install, navigate to My Watch > General > Software Update. If your watch is connected to WiFi, you can update it directly from the watch by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
The Apple Watch’s running metrics are excellent. Especially now that watchOS9.2 includes features like on-wrist running power. It is normally only possible with a heart rate monitor on other watches.