Along with the iOS 16.4 update for iPhone users, Apple has also released a new software update, watchOS 9.4, for Apple Watch users today. The update brings exciting new features that expand Cycle Tracking and AFib history to more countries, fixes a frustrating alarms bug, and includes additional improvements. If you own an Apple Watch, be sure to download this latest update.
After debuting in September last year, watchOS 9 has received its fourth major update with the release of watchOS 9.4. The new update arrives just two months after the rollout of watchOS 9.3, and it brings several improvements and bug fixes to the Apple Watch. Keep reading below for more information on the new features included in watchOS 9.4.
To update to watchOS 9.4, simply open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to the General > Software Update section. Keep in mind that your Apple Watch needs to have a minimum battery level of 50 percent, be placed on a charger, and within range of your iPhone to complete the installation process. Best of all, watchOS 9.4 is completely free to download for all Apple Watch users.
The latest watchOS 9.4 update brings a lot of exciting new features for Apple Watch users. The update introduces several new emoji characters such as donkey, goose, black bird, shaking head, hyacinth, pea pod, and many more. Additionally, the update includes a significant change to wake-up alarms, ensuring they are not accidentally cancelled with the mute gesture.
One of the most notable changes in the update is the expansion of AFib History and Cycle Tracking features to more countries, making it easier for users to monitor their heart health and menstrual cycles.
AFib history is a feature on Apple Watch that allows users to track their irregular heart rhythms and receive notifications if their heart rate exceeds or falls below a certain threshold. The feature is particularly useful for individuals with atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition that causes irregular heartbeats and increases the risk of stroke and heart failure. By monitoring their heart rhythms, Apple Watch users can better manage their health and seek medical attention if necessary.
Here’s the full change log of watchOS 9.4 update:
- Wake-up alarms can no longer be silenced with the cover to mute gesture to avoid accidental cancellations during sleep
- Cycle Tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates and cycle deviation alerts now supported in Moldova and Ukraine
- AFib History now available in Colombia, Malaysia, Moldova, Thailand, and Ukraine
- New emoji characters added, including donkey, goose, black bird, shaking head, hyacinth, pea pod, and more.