WatchOS 8.5: All the new features coming to your Apple Watch now
Next to, which brought new emoji, anti-harassment features for AirTags and a gender-neutral Siri voice, the company also released a software update for its Apple Watch. The software, which was not highlighted at the company’s “Peek Performance” event last week, is primarily focused on , heart rate detection and .
Called WatchOS 8.5, the software is the fifth major update provided free of charge by Apple to Apple Watch owners..
What was the release date of WatchOS 8.5?
WatchOS 8.5 was released on Monday, March 14, alongside iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.
How to download WatchOS 8.5?
You need to download iOS 15.4 on your phone before you can upgrade your Apple Watch. You can download iOS 15.4 by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. Once this is done, the software will restart your phone. Then you can go to Watch App > General > Software Update. Apple Watch updates are usually scheduled for the evening, when people tend to pull them out to charge.
Heartbeat detection improvements
One of the most popular features of the Apple Watch is its. There are many stories of the Apple Watch before you experience symptoms. Apple said that with WatchOS 8.5, it improved software to detect atrial fibrillation, , which may indicate major stroke risks. The new detection software is available in the United States, Chile, Hong Kong, South Africa and, according to Apple, “many other regions where the feature is available.”
More from Apple TV
Another popular Apple Watch feature is its ability to act as a passcode device, allowing logins for apps such as. Now, according to Apple, WatchOS 8.5 users will be able to authorize purchases of TV episodes and movies through .
Best Apple Fitness Plus
Apple is also bolstering its $10-a-month Apple Fitness Plus service with new features for users with disabilities. It has already added health features to the Apple Watch like. Now, Apple Fitness Plus will offer optional audio feedback describing movements visually demonstrated during a workout.
COVID-19 vaccination records in Europe
One tool that has helped the world slowly adjust to life in the coronavirus pandemic has been vaccine cards, which allow businesses to identify people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as they walk into an institution. Over the past year, tech companies have gotten involved, offering easy ways to. The Apple Watch will now support a new format, called the which has become an important part of travel in Europe.